Unknown gunmen suspected to be militants opened fire on Inspector Masroor Ahmad Wani while he was participating in a game of cricket with local boys at an Eidgah ground in Central Kashmir’s Srinagar district on Sunday. A top police officer confirmed that the attack took place near Eidgah and that Inspector Masroor Wani was critically injured in the assault. He was promptly rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Medical professionals were providing care to Inspector Masroor Ahmad, and his condition was reported to be critical. In a social media post on the platform formerly known as Twitter (X), the Kashmir Zone Police reported, “Terrorists targeted and wounded Inspector Masroor Ahmad in the vicinity of Eidgah, Srinagar. He was swiftly transported to a hospital for medical attention. Initial inquiries indicate that a handgun was utilized in this act of terror. The area has been sealed off, and a case has been registered.”
This incident occurred shortly after a significant breach of the ceasefire agreement along the international border just days ago, marking the most extensive violation since the ceasefire understanding was reached between India and Pakistan in February 2021. In the Arnia sector along the border, unprovoked firing and mortar shelling resulted in an injury to a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, prompting numerous villagers to leave their homes due to the mortar shells hitting residential areas.
On Wednesday, a gathering of high-ranking officials from Jammu and Kashmir, as well as security agencies, took place at the 15 Corps headquarters in Srinagar. One of the key focal points of discussion during the meeting revolved around the involvement of foreign militants in the Kashmir region.
Official statistics indicate that, within the current year, a total of 46 terrorists have been neutralized in Jammu and Kashmir. Out of this number, 37 were identified as originating from Pakistan, with only nine being residents. This represents a significant milestone in the 33-year history of terrorism in the Union Territory, as it’s the first time that the number of foreign militants killed has exceeded that of local militants by a factor of four.