Militant 'killed' In Kashmir Assassination Bid

Militant 'killed' In Kashmir Assassination Bid

5 April 2010
AFP


Srinagar: Indian police killed one Muslim militant and injured another as the pair attempted to assassinate a politician in revolt-hit Kashmir, officials said Monday. 'The two militants stormed into his residence but alert police guards repulsed the attack by killing one and injuring another,' police officer Farooq Ahmed said. The politician, Abdul Gani Dar, is a local leader of India's ruling Congress party in Kashmir's Pulwama district. The injured militant escaped after the incident on Sunday evening. Rebels have often attacked pro-India politicians and people they suspect of working for government forces. Security officials have warned of a possible escalation in violence after the Indian military said last month 400 militants were poised to cross into Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani zone of the disputed Himalayan region. The insurgency against Indian rule has left more than 47,000 people dead by official count since it erupted in 1989. Bloodshed dropped after India and Pakistan launched a peace process in 2004 but since the start of 2010 rebel violence has escalated. Over 30 people, mostly rebels, have died in Kashmir in less than ten days.


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