01-12-2022 11:11 AM Jerusalem Timing

Policeman, Civilian Killed in Shooting in India’s Kashmir

Policeman, Civilian Killed in Shooting in India’s Kashmir

A policeman and a civilian were killed Tuesday when suspected rebels opened fire outside a Muslim shrine in Indian Kashmir.

mapA policeman and a civilian were killed Tuesday when suspected rebels opened fire outside a Muslim shrine in Indian Kashmir, police said.

The militants targeted the police officer guarding the shrine of Tujjar Sharif, 55 kilometers (35 miles) northwest of the main city of Srinagar.

"The policeman unfortunately lost his life, and a civilian who was shot during the attack succumbed to his injuries later," deputy inspector general of police for the area, Gharib Das, told AFP.

It was not clear if the 70-year-old disabled civilian was shot by the militants or he was hit by a bullet when police returned fire.

The militants fled the area after the attack and the dead police officer's automatic rifle was missing, Das said, adding security forces had launched a hunt for the attackers.

Rebels in recent years have often attacked lone police officers on duty and snatched their service weapons.

Last week a bomb hidden in a steel pot exploded inside the compound of a mosque in the southern Kashmir valley, injuring ten people. No rebel group claimed responsibility for the rare explosion.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the disputed Himalayan region in its entirety.