Hizb leader among four killed in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Four people, including a local commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, were killed in Indian-held Kashmir on Saturday.
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Javed Ahmed Sheikh alias Kuka Sheikh was killed in an operation at Rajouri Kadal, Senior Superintendent of Police Syed Javid Mujtaba Geelani said. He said police killed Sheikh when they raided his hideout. One police officer was wounded in the shootout, he said.
Explosives hidden in a bag went off in a house on Saturday, killing two teenage girls. Police were investigating whether militants had hidden the explosives after taking refuge in the house in Kulgam, a village about 75 km south of Srinagar, a police officer said.
In a separate raid in Sanzwotur, a village 60 km south of Srinagar, paramilitary soldiers killed a militant from Jaish-e-Mohammad, said Neeraj Sharma, a Border Security Force spokesman. One Indian border guard was injured, Sharma said.
1,100 civilians killed since January: A report released by the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights revealed that at least 1,100 civilians were killed by Indian forces in Kashmir from January to August this year.
According to Kashmir Media Service, those killed included 71 women and 64 children. Presenting the report in Srinagar, Human Rights Forum Chairman Ahsan Untoo said lawlessness prevailed in occupied Kashmir and custodial killings, forced disappearances and illegal arrests were taking place every day. agencies