Guerrillas attack police post in Kashmir, flee with arms

Srinagar Feb 17 (IANS) A group of heavily armed separatist guerrillas attacked a police post in south Kashmir’s Tral town and fled with arms and ammunition after tying up the guards, police said Wednesday.

A senior police officer said that Tuesday night guerrillas overpowered the five policemen manning the post and tied them up inside the camp.

The policemen who were taken by surprise couldn’t retaliate and militants before fleeing took away three INSAS rifles, two self-loading rifles, five magazines and 70 bullets.

The post in the Medura village near Tral town, 45 km from here, had been set up for the security of the minority Pandit community.

Sources said three families of the Pandit community who didn’t migrate to Jammu continue to live in Medura village along with their Muslim neighbours.

State government has set up police posts for the protection of the minority community members living in various villages across Kashmir after series of attacks on Pandit families in the early 1990s.

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