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One killed in J&K militant attack

One killed in J&K militant attack
A civilian was killed and a policeman critically injured on Sunday when militants opened fire at two police vehicles caught in a traffic jam in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town.

Abdul Rashid Dar of Rafiabad in Sopore, who was critically injured in the attack at Iqbal Market, later succumbed to injuries, a police officer said.

Superintendent of Police Syed Imtiyaz Hussain said from Sopore that the incident happened when the vehicles were in a jam.

While the policemen were clearing the jam, militants fired at them. One constable and a civilian were critically injured, he said.

"Police did not retaliate as the market was crowded and retaliatory firing by police could have resulted in civilian casualties," Hussain said.

The attackers escaped with the injured constable's weapon.

Last week, militants fired at a Border Security Force vehicle in Srinagar, leaving one trooper dead and two others injured.

 
PEACE PROCESS IN STATE AT BACKSEAT: PDP

The Peoples’ Democratic Party on Sunday claimed the present government has failed to carry forward the process of peace and reconciliation initiated by the previous PDP-Congress regime.

Noting that both former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his successor Manmohan Singh invested a lot in the peace process, party Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, however, claimed the things are ‘back to square one.’

Sayeed, while addressing a gathering at Bishnah near here, also accused the state government of not allowing any serious debate in the House during the ongoing Assembly session.

He said PDP will continue to work for strengthening democracy in the state.
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