The iftaar that never happened: BSF jawans were killed while buying bread

It was minutes before iftaar when terrorists on a motorcycle drove past a bakery in a busy market area firing bullets, instantly killing BSF constables Jia-ul-Haq and Rana Mondal while they were buying bread to break their Ramzan fast, officials said on Thursday.

The attack took place on Wednesday evening, just days before Eid, in Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar.

The Resistance Front (TRF), a shadow outfit of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The terrorists pumped bullets into the two troopers at close range before disappearing into the bylanes of the congested locality, officials said.

Haq and Mondal are from Murshidabad in West Bengal but their bodies can’t be sent back home because airports in the state are closed due to the havoc wreaked by Cyclone Amphan, officials said.

Both Haq, 34, and Mondal, 29, received serious head injuries.

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