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Death Toll at 3 as Another Cop Succumbs After Attack on Police Bus in Srinagar

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO), in a tweet conveyed Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi's condolences.

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The death toll in the terror attack in Pantha Chowk on outskirts of J&K's Srinagar city, reached three on Tuesday, 14 December, as another injured police officer succumbed to injuries, police said.

Constable Rameez Ahmad, who was among the injured police officers in Monday's terror attack, succumbed to critical injuries in the hospital during the night, police said.

Earlier, sub-inspector Ghulam Hassan and a selection grade constable Shafeeq Ali had died after a police vehicle was fired upon by militants in Srinagar.

The incident took place near Zewan in Pantha Chowk area of the city.

Fourteen police personnel were injured in the incident.

Taking to Twitter, Kashmir Zone Police said:

“Terrorists fired upon a police vehicle near Zewan in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. 14 personnel have been injured in the attack.”

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)'s Kashmir Tigers has claimed responsibility, as per Kashmir IG Vijay Kumar. According to ANI, the IG further informed:

"This evening a bus carrying our 25 personnel was attacked by 2-3-three terrorists. 14 injured, of which 2 martyred, 12 out of danger. 1 terrorist who was shot managed to flee."

Kashmir Police Alleges 'Planned Attack'

At the wreath-laying ceremony of one of the personnel, Kumar addressed media persons and alleged that the assault was 'planned.'

"This was a planned attack. They must have conducted recce and seen that the bus is coming back every day in routine after getting off duty," the senior official asserted, news agency PTI reported.

Speaking about the assailants, Kumar reportedly stated that the police had significant inputs on the attackers and the group would be 'neutralised very soon'.

One of the terrorists were local and two were foreign militants, he added.

PM Modi, Omar Abdullah Express Condolences

Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), in a tweet had conveyed Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi's condolences and said that he has sought details of the attack.

Further, Jammu Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah had expressed his condemnation of the attack and shared his heartfelt condolences to the kin of the deceased.

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Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha too condemned the attack and wrote on Twitter:

"My homage to our brave martyred police personnel. We are committed to ensuring that perpetrators are punished. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families."

He also said that he has directed the concerned authorities to provide best possible treatment to the injured, and that he is praying for their speedy recovery.

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