Militants Kill Teenager Inside Mosque In Sopore

Militants Kill Teenager Inside Mosque In Sopore

20 March 2013
Times of India
M. Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Suspected militants shot an 18-year-old boy inside a mosque in Sopore in North Kashmir on Tuesday night. The boy, identified as Suhail Ahmed Sofi, was said to be involved in organising cricket matches in his village with the help of the local army unit. Eyewitnesses said militants chased the boy, who tried to take cover inside a mosque at Kandr Mohalla Doabgah where a group of clerics from Maharashtra were holding congregational prayers. 'We were having a chat on the ground near our homes when a few unidentified gunmen appeared and shot at Suhail. He ran to the nearby mosque where one of the militants pumped in five bullets into him,' said the victim's friend Ghulam Hyder. Preliminary investigations revealed that the militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). 'Suhail mistaken' 'We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the killing of the boy,' IG (Kashmir) Abdul Ghani Mir said. But the victim's uncle, Ali Mohammad, said, 'Suhal was perhaps mistaken as an informer for the security forces because of his friendly nature. He had never known any militant and there was no question of him acting as an informer.' After the shooting, police and paramilitary forces cordoned off the area and launched search operation to track down the militants. Omar slams PDP's silence Making a statement in the assembly in Jammu, chief minister Omar Abdullah condemned the killing and slammed the silence of the main opposition PDP, which has been boycotting the budget session, demanding return of the mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who was hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail last month. 'If this kind of killing had been committed by security forces they (the opposition) would have torn their clothes, castigated the country, cried in the assembly and asked me to answer for it', Omar said, accusing the PDP of adopting double standards. 'Shedding of innocent blood, whether by militants or security forces, should be condemned in unequivocal terms,' he said. Later, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released a statement, expressing grief and demanding ex-gratia for the victim's family.