October 2005 News

2 Rangers and 3 civilians killed in Gilgit shooting

13 October 2005
The Daily Times
Ibrahim Shahid

Gilgit: At least two Pakistan Rangers personnel and three civilians were killed and 15 injured in fresh violence in the city on Thursday, after which a curfew was imposed in the area with soldiers patrolling the roads.Shia students gathered in front of High School No 1 at about 900am and demanded the Rangers release a student, Mansoor Changezi, who they had arrested on Tuesday for allegedly shooting at security personnel. The protestors said they had had no news about Changezi since he had been arrested and feared he was dead.The Rangers baton charged the protestors and shot in the air. At the same time, someone shot at the mob and Rangers after which a shootout ensued. Two Rangers personnel and three Shias, identified as Saleem Raza, Wahid Hussain and Tarim Bhatool, were killed. Three Rangers personnel, three women and three others were injured.The protests follow a van shooting on Tuesday in which two Shias were killed. There were protests outside the hospital in which the alleged attacker was being treated. There were also reports of a peaceful protest by about 400 Shia women at Khomer Chowk in Gilgit demanding army officials replace the Rangers in the city. Reports stated that a shop was burned down in Gilgit during riots after Thursday's shooting and schools were closed early. Power supply to the city was shut down while the telephone system of the Amphari area was disconnected. No official word has yet been issued.


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