December 2001 News

Susptected militants kill justice, three others in troubled Kashmir

5 December 2001
The Asian Age
Binoo Joshi

Jammu: Suspected Islamic militants killed one judge, his two armed guards and driver after ambushing their car in troubled Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. The assailants fired indiscriminately at the private car of judge Vijay Kumar Phool, who was traveling to his native town of Poonch, 200 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu-Kashmir state, a police officer said on condition of anonymity. Details were not immediately available. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but police blamed the killings on Islamic militants fighting for Kashmir''s independence from India since 1989. Wednesday''s attack marked the first time that a justice has been targeted since the outbreak of the insurgency. India accuses Pakistan of training, arming and providing shelter to the guerrillas, a charge Pakistan denies. The government says nearly 30,000 people have been killed in fighting in the past 12 years. Human rights groups put the death toll at twice that number. India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over control of Kashmir, since they won independence from Britain in 1947.


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