SRINAGAR — At least 12 civilians died in different militancy-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far.
Unknown gunmen gunned down 9 civilians including a businessman, 2 Municipal Councilors and a Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) politician.
Two among the 12 slain civilians died in Sopore when suspected militants attacked a police patrol while a civilian died in a grenade attack in Barbarshah area of Srinagar.
A youth, Nadif Hanief Khan, a resident of Bilal Colony Soura in Buchpora, who was critically injured when gunmen fired at him in Soura area of Srinagar city in the first week of December last year succumbed to his injuries in the last week of January this year.
Gunmen shot at son of Krishna Dhaba owner, Akash Mehra, in the security zone of Sonwar Srinagar on February 17 evening. Mehra battled for life in the hospital for over 10 days before succumbing to his injuries on February 28.
In the last week of March, in an audacious attack, suspected militants killed two Councillors, Riyaz Pir and Shamsuddin, in Sopore town of Baramulla district. The security guard of one of the Councilors was also killed in the attack.
Police recently held Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Mudasir Pandit and his two associates, who were killed in Brath Sopore encounter, responsible for the attack on the Councilors
In the second week of April this year, unknown gunmen killed a civilian, Naseer Khan, at Buchipora Budgam while two youth Sanjeet Parrey and Shahnawaz Bhat were killed by unknown gunmen at Jablipora Bijbehara in the last week of March.
Municipal Committee Tral head and BJP leader Rakesh Pandit was gunned down by suspected militants in the first week of June.
In the second week of June, militants attacked a police patrol in Sopore. The attack, according to police, left two cops and two civilians — Manzoor Ahmed Shalla of Shalimar Colony Sopore and Bashir Ahmed of Mahrajpora Sopore — dead.
Militants recently shot dead a shopkeeper, Umar Nazir Bhat, a resident of Kailashpora Tankipora in Habba Kadal area of Srinagar.
On Saturday, a civilian, identified as Mudasir Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Rashid Bhat, a resident of Hanji Gund Beerwah, died in a grenade attack at Barbarshah area of Srinagar. (KNT)