A former militant was gunned down in Sopore town of north Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, the sixth in a series of mysterious killings in the region by unidentified gunmen.
This was the fourth killing by suspected militants in the town in Baramulla district in a week.
Former militant Aijaz Ahmad Resh was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Mundji area of Sopore. Resh was the second former militant to be killed in the town since Sunday.
On Sunday, another former militant Mairaj-ul-din Dar was shot near his shop at Badami Bagh in Sopore. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Dar was a former member of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) who had become a petty businessman and was running a poultry farm. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.
The killing occurred just two days after another shopkeeper, Altaf-ul-Rahman, was shot by suspected militants on Friday night. A government employee, who was an activist of the hardline Hurriyat conference, was killed on Tuesday.
Baramulla observed a shutdown over the killing of Altaf-ul-Rahman.
Monday’s killing took the death toll in Sopore to six since a BSNL employee was shot dead on May 25.
In the first attack, the BSNL employee was killed and two more were injured when unidentified gunmen struck a showroom in Sopore. Another person hosting a mobile tower atop his house was killed a day later.
A hitherto unheard of militant group, the Lashkar-e-Islam, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Police claimed they had identified some local youngsters associated with the indigenous terror group Hizbul Mujahideen who were targeting telecom workers and infrastructure in a string of attacks that began last month, disrupting communications in the trouble-torn state.
Police had earlier said the Lashkar-e-Islam is a front for the Hizb, though Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salauddin had condemned the attacks.
Some reports from Sopore suggested a rouge militant group headed by a local commander is behind the attacks.
This militant group has been warning people that they will face severe punishment if they do not follow its diktats on stopping cable television and closing down liquor shops.