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Violence continues in Kashmir: Two shot dead, NC leader’s house attacked

Militants threw a grenade at the house of Gulam Nabi Bhatt, a former National Conference legislator in Tral, while a woman was shot dead in a village in the same region.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2017 23:49 IST
Abhishek Saha
Abhishek Saha
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Kashmir,Kashmir Violence,Jaish-e-Mohammad
Security personnel at the scene of a grenade blast at Tral in Kashmir.(PTI)

Militants killed a woman and wounded another in south Kashmir on Sunday afternoon, hours after security forces gunned down a suspected militant in the northern areas of the Valley. In another incident, a man from Uttar Pradesh was shot dead by suspected militants.

Police sources said the Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit could be behind the attack at Seer village in Tral in which a woman named Yasmeena died of bullet wounds.

“The other woman is undergoing treatment,” a senior police officer said.

The motive behind the killing is investigated.

Several incidents of violence were reported in Tral.

In a separate attack, militants threw a grenade at the house of Gulam Nabi Bhatt, a former legislator of the National Conference (NC) in Tral. Police said a hunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

Attacks on houses of political workers in Kashmir have spiked recently.

In another suspected militant attack, unidentified gunmen shot a man named Shakir Ahmed in Arwani of south Kashmir, police said. Ahmed was reportedly a native of Uttar Pradesh.

An official at the police control room in Anantnag said further details were awaited.

Reports also suggested that suspected militants ransacked the houses of some PDP officials in various areas of south Kashmir on Sunday evening. However, police were yet to confirm these incidents.

Last week, a PDP worker was killed by a group of militants. But one of the assailants died when a comrade cut him down with his gun. The next day, a mob of over 200 people burned the gunman’s house.

“Spate of attacks on mainstream political leaders and workers in Kashmir is alarming, threatens the existence of the democratic system in J&K,” tweeted NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu.

The two attacks in Tral came hours after a militant was gunned down by security forces in north Kashmir’s Langate area early morning.

“Contact was established at 5am and one terrorist was killed. A weapon was seized and the operation continues,” an army spokesperson said.

Around 11am, Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Uri sector. The army spokesperson said Indian forces were “retaliating strongly”.

On Saturday, a porter working for the army in Uri was killed in Pakistani firing from across the border while a teenager, Nasreena Bano, was wounded.

First Published: Oct 22, 2017 18:28 IST