Srinagar Hospital Shooting UPDATES: Pak Terrorist Naveed Jutt Escapes, 2 Policemen Killed

Srinagar hospital attack: Pakistani terrorist snatches gun from police, escapes after killing 2 cops

Terrorists stormed a government-run hospital in Srinagar today and opened fire, killing two cops and helping a hardened Pakistani militant escape.

Jat, a resident of Pakistan's Multan city, was arrested in 2014 in Kashmir's Kulgam district on suspicion of being involved in a series of attacks on Indian security forces in the disputed Himalayan region.

The Pakistani prisoner Naved who reportedly snatched a gun from a head constable and shot at policemen before escaping their custody.

Deputy inspector general of police (Central Kashmir) Ghulam Hassan Bhat denied reports that Jhutt himself snatched the rifle of one of the escorting policemen and opened fire.

Jat and five others had been brought to the hospital for a routine medical checkup by policemen when the militants fired on them.

A red alert warning has been sounded in Srinagar and the area near the hospital has been cordoned off, Greater Kashmir reported. As they were advancing towards hospital ward, two militants were already present near the stairs who abruptly fired on the cops.




The two operatives wearing traditional pheran (cloak), who helped Jutt escape, were waiting in the hospital's parking lot and opened fire as soon as Jutt started scuffle with the cops. Babar Ahmad succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.

The police officers were accompanying the prisoner to the hospital when the incident occurred, ANI reported.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while offering her condolences wrote on Twitter, "Pained to hear that two more courageous policemen lost their lives in an attack in Srinagar today".

At the hospital, near OPD, Naveed had a scuffle with the escorting police team, the SSP said.

A local news agency quoted the wife of one of the slain policemen saying: 'his sahab (officer) had taken away arms from Babar Ahmad and the police department must probe the reason behind the move'. Also, one of the top terrorists undergoing life imprisonment, is often visited by people who consider him a "godman" and receive "taveez" (amulets) from him, sources said.

Alleged members of the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) attacked a hospital here in the state capital in a bid to free a Pakistani prisoner.

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