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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Three Politicians from India’s Ruling Party Shot Dead in Kashmir

Suspected separatist attackers shot and killed three members of India’s ruling nationalist party in disputed Kashmir on Thursday evening, according to police authorities.

Suspected separatist attackers shot and killed three members of India’s ruling nationalist party in disputed Kashmir on Thursday evening, according to police authorities.

Police said the militants fired at the vehicle which was used by the three politicians from Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) youth wing. The attack occurred in the southern Kulgam district of Kashmir.

Medical superintendent Asima Nazeer said the trio were taken to the Qazigund Emergency Hospital, where they have been pronounced as dead.

The slain members of the party include Kulgam BJP youth wing’s General Secretary Fida Hussain Yatoo and fellow party workers Umer Rashid Beigh and Umer Ramzan Hajam.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the killings, but police suspected that the attack is a “terror crime” carried out by separatist rebels fighting against Indian rule in the contested territory of Kashmir.

The BJP denounced the fatal shootings of its members, describing it as a “barbaric terror attack”.

“Those who are responsible for this will not be spared,” the party said in its tweet.

Police said that government authorities launched a cordon-and search operation for the shooters.

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