August 2006 News

Three of Kashmir family killed by militants

11 August 2006
Indo-Asian News Service

Jammu: Three members of a Hindu family, including two children, were killed by suspected militants in a village in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district.The victims have been identified as Neelam Singh, 10, Meena Devi, 14, and their mother Sumitra Devi, 40, of Hara village in the district's Gool area, about 200 km north of Jammu. The killings came to light after some villagers informed the police station at Gool early Friday.Militants late Thursday barged into their house in Hara, accessible only after a 15-km trek through thickly forested hills from the nearest road at Gool, said a police official.The whereabouts of Ram Singh, the head of the family, are still not known.Though the police confirmed the incident, the reason behind the attack is still being investigated.Hindus have been a target of militants in the hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir. On the night of April 30, militants killed 35 Hindus in Basantgarh of Udhampur district and Kulhand of Doda district. About a month ago, four members of two families were also killed in the state's Poonch district.


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