Militant Escapes from Indian Police Custody in Kashmir

Policemen injured in SMHS militant attack succumbs

Gunmen fired at Indian police officers and freed a suspected militant being transported to a hospital for a medical checkup on Tuesday in the Indian-held Kashmir, police said.

One cop died while another was left injured in the incident, said a senior police official.

Further details are awaited.

A manhunt is underway after the attackers stormed the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar and opened fire on police guarding Naveed Jutt, a rebel imprisoned in the restive province since 2014.

Head constable Mushtaq Ahmad was killed while another policeman later succumbed to his injuries in Srinagar's main hospital. Authorities have sounded a high alert in the city.

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From the initial reports, it has been learned that he allegedly snatched a weapon from one of the on-duty policemen and open-fired in the hospital. Hunzullah was being taken to the hospital for treatment from Srinagar central jail.

The militant had obtained sophisticated training and was good in handling equipment like the compass, GPS, wireless sets and mobile phones installed with Skype software, an official said. "We are also investigating insider's role in the attack".

Sources told DH it was a pre-planned attack to help Naveed flee from the police custody when he was brought to the hospital for a check-up.

Naveed was close associate of Abu Qasim, a top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander who was killed in 2015 in an encounter in south Kashmir.

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