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Militants gun down two policemen in Srinagar

Last updated on: June 22, 2013 15:55 IST

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Militants shot at and killed two policemen in the busy business hub of Hari Singh High Street in the heart of Srinagar on Saturday.

Head Constable Mohammad Maqbool and Constable Nazir Ahmad received fatal injuries after they were shot at from a close range.

Reportage: Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

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"The policemen were immediately rushed to the hospital were they succumbed to their injuries," a senior police officer said.

The fatal attack came less than 24 hours after a sudden cordon and search operation was conducted at adjacent Lal Chowk. Senior officials had termed it as a "routine security drill".

Today's attack comes ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's two-day visit to the valley next week as well as the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath which is scheduled to start on June 27.

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The attack triggered panic among shoppers and pedestrians, who ran for cover.

The area has now been cordoned off for further searches.

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