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Kashmir hotel shootout: another employee dies

punjab Updated: Oct 22, 2012 19:31 IST

Another employee of hotel Silver Star succumbed to his injuries on Monday raising the death toll to two of the shootout which took place on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday.

A police spokesman said that 18-year-old Anees Ahmad Wani, a resident of Kashmir's frontier district of Kupwara, succumbed to his injuries at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.

The boy was injured on Friday along with two other persons after gunmen stormed a hotel on by pass of Srinagar-Jammu highway in city outskirts.

Farooq Ahmad of south Kashmir's Tral township-a bell boy at the hotel reception died instantly after bearing the brunt of indiscriminate firing from gunmen. Two more employees of the hotel are in hospital undergoing treatment of their wounds.

While the attack was suspected to be from militants, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah refused to bluntly blame the militants for the shootout.

"Investigations into the incident are going on," Omar told media on Sunday. "Like media people I would not jump to conclusion whether it is militant attack or not. Once the investigations are complete, we will share the findings with you people," he said.

After the attack, local media quoting Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba spokesman Abdullah Gaznavi saying its attackers "lobbed grenades and opened fire" at an army convoy as it passed through the highway near the Silver Star hotel.

Press TV reported that the LeT spokesman blamed Indian troops for "the death of civilian after army returned fire killing the bell boy".