August 2002 News

Militants massacre 10 in Rajouri

24 August 2002
The Indian Express

Jammu: Within 24 hours of the issuance of poll notification for the first phase of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Lashkar-e-Toiba militants struck at three places in Rajouri district killing 10 Muslims, including three women, Friday night. The deceased include six members of a family identified as Mohammad Shafi (60) his wife Safda Begum (45), brother Badr Hussain (50) and the latter’s two wives, Razia Begum (30) and Shamim Akhtar (25), another brother Abdul Karim (30). They were inside their house at Nakka Sokar in Thanamandi area when the militants struck. The gun-wielding militants first questioned them about their links with the security forces and then slit their throats. The militants had brought with them another villager Mohammad Ashraf (30), who was abducted from his house at Dudasan Sokar, and slaughtered him along with the family at Nakka Sokar. Earlier, militants slit the throat of Mohammad Shafi''s uncle, Mohammad Hafiz (60) at Dudasan Gai in the same Thanamandi area. Later, sources said, the militants abducted Mohammad Maroof, a home guard posted in District Police Lines, Rajouri, and a 9th class student, Mohammad Shamsheer from their houses at Kalali and slit their throats. Though no militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the massacre, sources said, they owed allegiance with Lashkar-e- Toiba and were five-six in numbers.


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