Five civilians killed by terrorists over 2 days in Kashmir

 DGP Dilbag Singh termed the wave of terror attacks on civilians in Srinagar — six people have been killed in a week, two of them Kashmiri Muslims — part of a strategy "to damage the age-old traditional communal harmony in Kashmir and defame local Muslims". 

Pak-backed LeT affiliate claims responsibility
Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba affiliate TRF claimed responsibility for the killings, but claimed these had nothing to do with the victims' religion. "Our fight is to safeguard our freedom...Domicile holders, stooges, and collaborators, regardless of religion, are enemies of the Kashmir struggle and will not be spared," it said, specifying that the school principal and her colleague had been targeted because they pressured students to attend the Independence Day function on the campus on August 15. 
The outfit had also issued a statement after shooting dead Makhan Lal Bindroo, the owner of Srinagar's landmark Bindroo Medicate pharmacy, and bhelpuri vendor Virender Paswan in the city on Tuesday. The outfit's third victim that day, Mohammad Shafi Lone of Hajin in Bandipora, was a native Kashmiri. 
The renewed cycle of attacks targeting non-Muslim minorities in J&K, starting with Congress sarpanch Ajay Pandita being shot dead in his orchard in Anantnag in June 2020, bears the stamp of the early 90s, when thousands of Pandits were forced to flee a cleansing by terror outfits. 

Source: Times of India


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