Militants back with target killings after a lull in attacks in Srinagar

Salesman by profession Mohammad Ibrahim Khan 45, was shot by militants from point blank range hit in the chest and abdomen, he was working at a grocery shop run by a Kashmiri Pandit in Bohri Kadal area of Srinagar.

Srinagar. Mohammad Ibrahim Khan 45, a salesman by profession was shot by militants from point blank range, hit in the chest and abdomen, he was working at a grocery shop run by a Kashmiri Pandit in Bohri Kadal area of down town Srinagar.

The attack took place day after the killing of J&K police cop in Batamaloo Srinagar. In the target attack militants killed Mohammad Ibrahim in the old Srinagar city on Monday evening.

Soon after the attack Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, was rushed to nearby SMHS hospital but he died during the treatment.

This was the second target killing attack carried out by militants in Srinagar within 24 hours despite heightened security across Srinagar. Mohammad Ibrahim resident of Ashtingoo village in Bandipore, worked at a shop run by Roshan Lal Mawa. While Mawa had migrated to Delhi at the onset of militancy in the Valley in the early ’90s, he had returned to Srinagar in May 2019 and reopened his wholesale grocery store in the Old City area.

Police said in a statement that “Preliminary investigation has revealed that terrorists fired upon one civilian, he sustained critical gunshot injuries and was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries,” police officials told News24 that search operation has been launched in several areas soon after the attack and search operation is still going on to nab the attackers.

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Earlier on sunday evening, a Jammu and Kashmir policeman was shot dead by militants in the Batamaloo area of Srinagar city.

Officails sources told News24 that more paramilitary troops have been pushed in the Valley and security has been intensified to stop the recent spurt in civilian killings, including of migrant workers, since last month. As per sources Centre had sent additional 5,000 paramilitary troopers to Kashmir following spurt in target killings by militants.

Srinagar has been on high alert since last month, when on October 5, two civilians a local Kashmiri Pandit and a labourer from Bihar were shot in the city, followed by the killing of a school principal and her colleague two days later. Followed by series of attacks on non-local labourers in parts of Srinagar and South Kashmir.

first published:Nov. 8, 2021, 11:15 p.m.

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