Saturday, February 24, 2024

Kashmir: Retired police officer shot dead by suspected militants at mosque

Mohammad Shafi Mir, a retired senior superintendent of police (SSP) was shot dead by suspected militants on Sunday morning when he was praying at a local mosque in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Mir was fired upon at Gantmulla village of Sheeri in Uri, according to police.

“Terrorists fired upon Shri Mohd Shafi, a retired officer at Gantmulla, Sheeri #Baramulla while praying Azan (morning call for prayer) in the mosque and succumbed to injuries,” J-K Police posted on X.

He had been a protected person with one security officer deployed with him round-the-clock who was withdrawn recently, Indian Express reported.

He was a muezzin at a local mosque in his village where he had gone to issue a pre-dawn call for prayers on Sunday morning when the attack took place.

This incident follows the killing of five Army soldiers and the injury of two others in a militant ambush on two Army vehicles heading to the site of an anti-militancy operation in Poonch earlier this week. And, three Kashmiri civilians, who were taken by the police for questioning, were found dead at the same site. The family members of the civilians allege that they were cold-bloodedly murdered by the army.

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