Jammu: A special police officer (SPO), who sustained injuries in a suspected terrorist attack in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir late on Sunday, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, a senior official said.
Doda deputy commissioner Bhupinder Kumar told the Hindustan Times SPO Mohammed Younis died in the morning at around 7am.
Kumar said unidentified gunmen attacked the Tanta police post and injured Younis and another SPO, who were sleeping inside the post, between 2am to 2.30am on Monday. Tanta is some 65km from the district headquarters of Doda.
“The attackers, whose number is not yet known, fired 12 to 13 rounds, probably with AK assault rifles and escaped from the spot,” he said.
Younis and his colleague Kikar Singh were airlifted to Jammu from Doda on Monday for specialised treatment. Younis was kept on a ventilator in an intensive care unit (ICU) of the Government Medical College and Hospital after a surgery.
The condition of Singh, who was operated upon for gunshot injuries on his throat, is also critical, Dr Romesh Gupta, medical superintendent of the government hospital, said.
Kumar said Indian Army personnel, Jammu and Kashmir police’s special operations group and other paramilitary forces have launched a search operation in the upper reaches of the district to track down the attackers.
“The picture is not yet clear but investigations are on,” he said.
The attack in Doda of Jammu region is an ominous sign as the Kashmir valley is already witnessing a vicious cycle of violence. Doda region was a hotbed of terrorism in the 1990s and of late the Hurriyat Conference has spread its tentacles in the area.