Two police officers were killed on Tuesday after a militant being taken to a hospital for treatment opened fire inside the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar, ANI reported. Mohammad Naveed Jat, who is a close associate of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Abu Qasim, was arrested from Kulgam in 2014.
One police officer, identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, was killed soon after the firing. A wreath laying ceremony was held earlier on Tuesday. The second policeman who was critically injured succumbed to injuries on Tuesday evening.
The police personnel were accompanying the prisoner to the facility when the incident occurred, ANI reported. “Six detainees were being brought from Central Jail,” Senior Superintendent of Police (Srinagar) Imtiaz Ismail Parray said. “Out of them, one snatched weapons from the police and fired at the protection party.”
A red alert warning has been sounded in Srinagar and the area near the hospital has been cordoned off, Greater Kashmir reported.
Jat, alias Abu Hanzula, is from the Punjab province of Pakistan, The Hindu had earlier reported. He reportedly admitted to killing two Special Police Officers outside the District Court in Pulwama in 2014, and said he had fired at a police party in Shopian, injuring five policemen and civilians.