Militants kill 2 school teachers in Srinagar

Reuters SRINAGAR | Updated on October 07, 2021

The victims were members of the region's minority Sikh and Hindu communities, an official said

Suspected militants shot and killed two teachers in a government school in Srinagar on Thursday, the latest in a spate of targeted killings in Kashmir.

Gunmen stormed into the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Srinagar's Eidgah area and shot two teachers at close range, a government official said.

The victims were members of the region's minority Sikh and Hindu communities, the official and a fellow teacher at the school said.

Armed militants have waged a bloody insurgency against New Delhi since the 1990s in Jammu and Kashmir, which was India's only Muslim-majority State until Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government split it into two federally-administered territories in August 2019.

“The pistol-wielding men came into the school this morning and asked for the identity cards of the teachers and later fired at two teachers, one each from the minority Sikh and Hindu community,” the teacher said.

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On Tuesday, suspected militants killed a Kashmiri Hindu pharmacist and a non-Kashmiri street vendor in Srinagar,and shot dead another civilian in the northern district of Bandipora.

“Killing innocent civilians, including teachers, is a move to attack and damage the age-old tradition of communal harmony and brotherhood in Kashmir,” Kashmir's police chief, Dilbag Singh, told reporters.

In the last week, seven civilians have been killed in Kashmir. In all, 25 civilians, including political workers, have been killed in targeted assassinations this year, according to police records.

Singh said recent killings in Srinagar had been carried out by The Resistance Front.

Published on October 07, 2021

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