Lashkar militants appear in Hajin, denies hand in last two killings

Srinagar

Following a series of killing by unknown gunmen in Hajin area of Bandipora district, which has created an atmosphere of fear among people, last night after Taraweeh prayers, two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants appeared in Khosa Mohallah.

According to locals, one among them was Saleem Ahmad Parray, a local militant who joined Lashkar in October 2017, told people that they have not killed Hilal Ahmad Parray, and Mohammad Yaqoob Wagey.

On May 16, four masked men entered Hilal’s house in Parray Mohallah and took him along. The next morning, his tortured body was retrieved from an orchard near his house. Eight days later (May, 24) gunmen barged into Mohammad Yaqoob Wagey’s house, and slit his throat with a knife in front of his wife and child.

“They (militants) stayed in the main market area for over three hours. They also patrolled some areas along with people,” said a local from Hajin over the phone.

Saleem, appealed locals to remain alert and try to nab these unknown gunmen, if possible. “They are not among us. Hand them over to us,” he reportedly told people. “These killings are the handiwork of government agencies.”

Reportedly Saleem fired a few gunshots in the air before he left.

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