Two killed in Sopore

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Srinagar

A councillor and a policeman were killed in a terrorist attack at Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday.

Another councillor Shams-ud-din Peer has sustained serious injuries in the attack. “A councillor Riyaz Ahmad and one policeman Shafqat Ahmad had died in Sopore attack,” said Kashmiri.

Additional forces were called in. The area has been cordoned off and an operation has been started to nab the assailants.

All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) Chairperson Shafiq Mir blamed the Centre for not being able to give them adequate protection.

“One councillor succumbed to injuries while one policeman got killed this morning. I reiterate that security should be given to panchayat leaders of J&K.

We’ve done our jobs by forming a 3-tier panchayat system, but the Centre has failed to secure us,” Mir said.

Wreath laying ceremony was held later in the day for police personnel Shafqat and Councillor Riyaz Ahmad.—AP