Two cops killed, 18 wounded in Srinagar attacks
27 September 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Two policemen were killed and 18 people were wounded, two of them seriously, in three guerrilla strikes in Jammu and Kashmir here Wednesday.A senior police officer said 18 people were injured when guerrillas hurled a grenade at a police party in Budshah Chowk in the heart of summer capital Srinagar this afternoon.'The injured, 15 local policemen, one CRPF soldier and two civilians, were taken to SMHS hospital for treatment. The condition of two of them is serious,' a police official told IANS.He said the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops conducted searches in the area after the explosion.'No one was, however, detained,' he added.The explosion led to panic in the city centre. Shops in the area were closed following Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front protests against the hanging of parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Oct 20.Police said assistant sub-inspector Abdul Gani, who was critically wounded in a guerrilla strike in Maharaj Bazar in city uptown this afternoon, succumbed to injuries.Guerrillas shot at and killed another cop identified as Farooq Ahmad in Bohri-Kadal area in downtown Srinagar.No group has yet claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attacks.Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has called for a general strike Friday to protest against Afzal's hanging.