Militants on Friday attacked a police station in Sopore town of north Kashmir, killing one policeman and a civilian. Six others were injured in the attack, reports said.

Witnesses told The Hindu that militants first lobbed a grenade towards the police station in the Arampora area in the morning. They returned half-an-hour later and opened fire.

The grenade hit the rooftop of the building. A Congress activist, Mohammad Latif Mirchal, who was present at the spot, was injured.

The militants later directed fire towards the police station, injuring seven persons. Two of the injured, police constable Mohammad Amin and civilian Parvez Ahmad, died in a hospital. The attack led to panic and fear in the area. Shops downed shutters and traffic was hit.

The police, joined by the Central Reserve Police Force and the Army, returned the fire. The area was cordoned off to flush out the militants.

Inspector-General of Police Kashmir Zone Farooq Ahmad told The Hindu that militants opened fired at the station after the area was cordoned off following the grenade attack. However, they managed to escape. The IGP, who rushed to the spot, said militants, who had crossed the border, were present in the area.

On Thursday, two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen and an Army man were killed in Khazanbal area of Kulgam district.