- Kashmir police tweeted a photo of the child being carried to safety
- A CRPF jawan was also killed in the line of duty in the terror attack
- Terrorists opened fire on a patrol team this morning
A three-year-old boy survived as his grandfather was killed in a terror attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town this morning. A CRPF jawan was also killed in the line of duty as terrorists opened fire on a patrol team.
In heart-wrenching images, the child is seen sitting on the blood-splattered body of his grandfather, a civilian caught in the crossfire. The boy was numb with fear when he was picked up by policemen. A video shows him sobbing in a police van as biscuits and chocolates are offered to him.
The Kashmir police also tweeted a photo of the child being carried to safety by a policeman. "Jammu and Kashmir police rescued a three-year-old boy from getting hit by bullets during the terrorist attack in Sopore," said the tweet.
The child was travelling in a Maruti car with his grandfather from Srinagar to Handwara when it was hit by a spray of bullets in Sopore town, which is in Baramulla district about 50 km from Srinagar.
The police said terrorists hiding in a mosque fired indiscriminately at the patrol team as it was getting off a bus. The CRPF troops retaliated but the terrorists managed to escape.
According to the CRPF, the boy's grandfather stopped the car and got out to run to a safe spot but was shot dead in firing by terrorists. The boy was later rescued by a policeman standing nearby.
"When we reached the site, what we saw was disturbing. Our priority was to evacuate the child. It was very challenging as terrorists were firing upon us," Azim Khan, a police officer, told news agency ANI.
The police have strongly refuted allegations of the boy's family that a CRPF bullet killed his grandfather. "I want ask them if they were present at the site of incident. Did they see who fired," questioned Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir.
Last week, a six-year-old boy was killed during a terror attack on the CRPF in Anantnag.
Little Nihaan Bhat was sleeping in a parked car when he was hit by a bullet. Police say the terrorist was on a bike and opened fire from a pistol on a CRPF patrol. One jawan was killed. The child's killing drew widespread anger and condemnation.
The terrorist believed to be involved in the Anantnag attack escaped yesterday after an encounter with security forces. Police said two other terrorists who were hiding with him at a village were killed.