SRINAGAR: Two

BSF personnel

were on Wednesday gunned down in the line of duty by a pair of motorbike-borne terrorists in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, the attack coming a day after security forces killed top

Hizbul Mujahideen

commander Junaid Sehrai and an aide in downtown Srinagar.

Constables Rana Mandal and Zia-ul-Haq, both from West Bengal, were part of a road-opening party of the 37 Battalion that came under attack while patrolling the Pandach area, around 14km from Srinagar, a BSF spokesperson said.

The terrorists snatched the duo’s service weapons – an AK-47 and an Insas rifle – before speeding away. The constables were declared dead on arrival at the nearby SKIMS Hospital in Soura.

In Budgam, around an hour’s drive from Srinagar, a joint team of J&K Police and the Army on Wednesday arrested four “terrorist associates” of the outlawed

Lashkar-e-Taiba

and seized arms, ammunition and incriminating documents from them.

The arrested men were identified as Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, Mudassir Ahmad Lone and Younis Waza of Budran village and Nazir Ahmad Sheikh of Poshkar Khag.

According to police, the quartet had been providing logistic support and shelter to Lashkar terrorists operating in the area. DGP Dilbagh Singh said there were currently more than 14 terrorists “active in Srinagar and its outskirts” and 240-odd across the Valley.

Sehrai, the Hizb commander killed in Tuesday’s encounter at Nawa Kadal in downtown Srinagar, was the son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai

. Three CRPF personnel and a cop were injured in the firefight, the first in Srinagar in two years.

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