Kakpora shopkeeper injured critically in attack by gunmen

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 6/9/2018 4:47:05 AM

Militants' attempt to snatch weapon from PSO foiled

ANANTNAG, June 8: Unidentified gunmen on Friday fired upon and injured a shopkeeper in Kakpora area of southern Pulwama district while a weapon snatching bid by the militants was foiled in Wanpoo area of Anantnag.
Officials and local sources said that the unidentified gunmen at around 7pm shot at an injured a shopkeeper Manzoor Ahmad Pandit. Pandit, they said, was critically injured in the firing and was taken to PHC Kakpora immediately. However, doctors after giving him first aid, referred him to Srinagar hospital for advanced treatment on the basis of severity of his injuries.
Pandit, according to sources, was sitting at his hardware shop when fired by the gunmen.
Pandit, local sources said, was arrested in 2011 on charges of being an over ground worker for LeT and was released a year later. Since his release, they said, Pandit was running a hardware shop in Kakpora.
SSP Pulwama, Choudhary Mohammad Aslam confirmed the injuries to the shopkeeper in militant attack. "The shopkeeper is said to be critical," the SSP said.
He, however, said that they are verifying the further details about the shopkeeper.
Earlier in the day, militants made an attempt to snatch a rifle from the guard of a PDP leader and former MLA Abdul Gaffar Sofi in Wanpoo area of south Kashmir. The attempt was, however, foiled by the policeman.
Sources said that the incident took place outside Masjid where Sofi was offering Friday congregational prayers.
"Sofi's PSO was outside Masjid when a militant attacked him and tried to snatch his weapon leading to the scuffle between the two," sources said.
As the scuffle broke out after the policeman did not leave his rifle, the militant fled from the spot.



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