SRINAGAR:  Suspected militants on Monday late evening shot dead a truck driver in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district; media reports quoted police officials as saying.

A damaged vehicle of the truck driver who was killed on Oct 28, 2019 late evening in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district in  south Kashmir. KL image by Shah Hilal

The incident comes a day before a delegation of the European Union parliamentarians is scheduled to visit the valley. The slain driver has been identified as Narayan Dutt of Katra in Jammu.

This was the fourth such incident in which a non-Kashmiri resident has been attacked by suspected militants post-August 5, in the south Kashmir area post the abrogation of Article 370.

A smashed glass of a truck in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara town where suspected militants on the evening of Oct 28, 2019 shot dead a truck driver from Jammu. KL image by Shah Hilal

Police told Hindustan Times said that the gunmen targeted the driver who was waiting in Kanelwan area, which is 10kms from the Jammu-Srinagar highway, for goods to be loaded, militants appeared and killed him on spot.

Soon after the attack, a joint team of security forces rushed to the spot after the attack and cordoned off the area.

Earlier, truck drivers Sharif Khan, Ilyas from Rajasthan, were killed in Shopian district. In another attack a trader and his associate were attacked by the militants in the same area, one of them died on the spot while the other one is battling for his life in a hospital in Srinagar. In Pulwama, a labourer from Chhattisgarh was also killed by the militants, the report said.


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