November 2006 News

Unidentified Militants Kill 2 People In Indian Kashmir: Police

19 November 2006
Associated Press

Srinagar: Unidentified militants shot and killed two men in a village in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, while elsewhere in the state, three people were wounded when suspected Islamic rebels hurled a grenade, police said on Sunday. A group of unidentified assailants barged into the home of a local political party worker in Chak Nathnusa village and shot and killed him Saturday night, said Vijay Kumar, a senior superintendent of police in Kupwara district. Manzoor Ahmed died instantly, Kumar said. Chak Nathnusa in Kupwara is about 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu-Kashmir state. The assailants then forced their way into the nearby home of another man and killed him as well, Kumar said, adding that the twin killings appeared to have been carried out by the same group of militants. Meanwhile, suspected Islamic militants hurled a grenade at a group of soldiers patrolling a market in Srinagar on Sunday, wounding two soldiers and a civilian, said Sajjad Ahmed, a local police officer. Shortly after the attack, authorities ordered tighter security in Srinagar and other major towns in Kashmir, Ahmed said. More soldiers were deployed onto the streets, while others kept sentry behind sandbags. Pedestrians and shoppers entering the city's main markets were frisked. While no rebel group one has claimed responsibility for the killings and the grenade attack, there are around a dozen militant groups that have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir's independence or its merger with neighboring Pakistan. More than 68,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in the 17-year old conflict.


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