February 2007 News

Kashmiri Gunmen Kill Pro-India Politician Who Was Once a Rebel Commander

8 February 2007
Voice of America

Washington DC.: Police in Indian Kashmir say gunmen have killed a pro-India politician who was once a Muslim rebel commander. Police say suspected Islamic militants shot Mohammad Yousuf Thursday near his home in the village of Hajan, about 30 kilometers north of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state. An unidentified man carries Dilshada, wife of Mohammad Yousuf, at a local hospital in Srinagar, 8 Feb. 2007 An unidentified man carries Dilshada, wife of Mohammad Yousuf, at a local hospital in Srinagar, 8 Feb. 2007 The gunmen also wounded the politician's wife and bodyguard in the attack. Yousuf was a senior member of the Awami League, a Kashmiri political party created by former Muslim militants. Yousuf had previously fought against Indian forces in Kashmir, but his group surrendered in the 1990s and later switched its allegiance to New Delhi. No group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack. But, Kashmiri militants are known to target former rebels who are suspected to be supporting Indian government forces.

 

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