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SPOs shot at in south; one dies, another injured

Srinagar, Mar 31:A special police officer (SPO) was killed after fired upon by suspected militants near Muran Chowk area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.
It was second such incident of the day as another SPO special Police Officer (SPO) was injured critically in the morning after attacked by suspected militants in Khanbal area of Anantnag district.
Official sources said that the gunmen fired upon Mohammad Ashraf near Muran Chowk at around 4:25 pm.
In the incident, Ashraf, a resident of Mouchpona village suffered serious bullet wounds and was shifted to the nearby district hospital where he succumbed to injuries, sources added.
Sources said that Ashraf, a former militant was working as an SPO in Cargo, Srinagar and at present was residing at Chanapora in Srinagar.
SSP Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudary confirmed the incident to news agency GNS.
“Ashraf was fired upon by the suspected militants near Muran Chowk. He was working as an SPO in Srinagar,” SSP said.
A police spokesman said: “militants fired upon one person who was grievously injured at Murran Chowk Pulwama and subsequently shifted to hospital. The injured man was identified as Mohammad Ashraf Mir resident of Mouchpona, Pulwama at present was residing at Chanapora, Srinagar. Consequently it was learnt that he was working as SPO and was currently off duty. Due to the multiple fire arm injuries official succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom.”
Police has registered a case in this regard and investigations set into motion.
Meanwhile, Army, Special Operation Group of Police and CRPF cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to nab the suspected militants.
Earlier in the day, another SPO was injured critically after attacked by suspected militants in Khanbal area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag.
Officials said that gunmen opened fire upon SPO Turag Singh in Khanbal. In the incident the SPO sustained critical bullet wounds and was shifted to District hospital Anantnag for treatment.
A Police officer confirmed the incident and said that the cop was regulating traffic when he was fired upon.