The deceased, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat Credit: Imtiyaz Hussain Twitter

A Jammu and Kashmir police officer was shot dead by terrorists in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, while he was returning home after offering prayers at a mosque on the evening of October 19, a leading news agency reported, citing the police.

The deceased, identified as Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, an inspector with Jammu and Kashmir police posted at a police training centre in Pulwama district , was fired upon by militants, near his house at Kenalwan area of Anantnag, following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital only to be declared dead on arrival, said an official from the Anantnag police control room. He further added that investigation is underway.

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Security forces were rushed to the area which was immediately cordoned off to nab attackers.

Earlier in the day a terrorist was killed by security forces in an encounter in the Shopian district, police said. The encounter had started following the launch of a cordon and search operation by security forces at Melhura in Zainapora after receiving information about the presence of militants.

“01 unidentified #terrorist killed. Operation going on. Further details shall follow,” the Jammu and Kashmir police said in a tweet.

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