Indian police officers embrace each other as they cry during the wreath laying ceremony of their colleague sub-inspector Mohammed Altaf in Srinagar, Photo: AFP Indian police officers embrace each other as they cry during the wreath laying ceremony of their colleague sub-inspector Mohammed Altaf in Srinagar, Photo: AFP

Rebels Killed Indian TOP COP in Srinagar

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 08 October 2015 21:09

Suspected rebels gunned down a top police officer known for his successful counterinsurgency operations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Thursday.

Regional police chief K. Rajendra said insurgents fired at sub-inspector Mohammed Altaf as he was leading an operation against a group of rebels in northwestern Bandipora on Wednesday.

Altaf was "one of our most outstanding and expert officers in counterinsurgency," Rajendra said.

Altaf was recruited as a constable in 1998 and was awarded the president's gallantry medal. He earned several promotions for his formidable intelligence gathering skills and success in hunting down top rebel leaders.

Since 1989, militants have been fighting for Kashmir's independence or a merger with Pakistan. More than 68,000 people have been killed in the violence.

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