Pakistani terrorist escapes after shots fired at Srinagar hospital

A policeman was killed and one injured on Tuesday after militants attacked a government-run hospital in Srinagar that allowed a hardened Pakistani terrorist to escape, police said.

The shots were fired in the casualty area of the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital where Naveed Jat and five other prisoners were brought for a checkup, police said.

“It was a planned militant attack as armed gunmen shot at policemen accompanying a Pakistani militant identified as Naveed Jat,” Srinagar deputy inspector general Ghulam Hassan Bhat said.

A resident of Multan in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Jat, also known as Abu Hanzulla, was a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist allegedly involved in killing of many policemen and a teacher, sources said.

He was arrested from South Kashmir, the hotbed of militancy, in 2014 and was lodged in Srinagar’s Rainawari jail.Two policemen were shot at and one of them —head constable Mushtaq Ahmad — later succumbed to his injuries, Bhat said. Some other people also received bullet wounds, sources said.