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POST TIME: 18 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 October, 2019 12:13:37 AM
Five killed in Indian Kashmir as violence spikes
AFP, Srinagar

Five killed in Indian Kashmir as violence spikes

Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard outside a chemist shop during a lockdown in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, yesterday. Security measures have increased in Srinagar a day after two non-Kashmiris were shot dead by suspected militants and three alleged rebels were killed by security forces, police said on Wednesday, the deadliest day in the Indian-administered Kashmir valley since New Delhi revoked its autonomy. AFP Photo

Two non-Kashmiris were shot dead by suspected militants and three alleged rebels were killed by security forces, police said Wednesday, the deadliest day in the Indian-administered Kashmir valley since New Delhi revoked its autonomy. The Muslim-majority Himalayan region had been under a strict lockdown since August 5 amid fears of unrest after the Indian government controversially abolished its semi-autonomous status.

Ahead of the autonomy decision, the head of Kashmir's largest militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, Riyaz Naikoo, had warned that Indians in the territory would become legitimate targets if the valley's status were changed.

"Militants shot at two apple traders from Punjab -- Charanjeet and Sanjeev," a senior police official told AFP late Wednesday, adding that one of the men died from the incident in Shopian district. The other trader was in a critical condition in hospital, police added.

In a separate shooting earlier Wednesday, suspected militants killed a migrant labourer in the southern Rohmo village of Pulwama district, police said.

The two men’s deaths came a day after suspected militants killed a truck driver carrying apples, also in Shopian which is the valley’s biggest apple-growing district. His vehicle was set ablaze.