Terrorist attacks in J&K’s Shopian and Anantnag kills ex-Sarpanch, injures two

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Body of the deceased being taken (Photo: News Intervention)

In a series of Pak backed terrorist attacks, one individual was killed and two others injured in two separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag districts on the night of Saturday (May 18).

In the first incident, terrorists fired upon an open tourist camp in Anantnag district late Saturday night, injuring two civilians. The victims, identified as Farha and her spouse Tabrez, both residents of Jaipur in Rajasthan, were attacked in Yanner at the Pahalgam tourist resort.

Swift action by security forces led to the area being cordoned off, and the injured couple was evacuated and admitted to a hospital for further treatment. They are being treated in the nearby hospital.

According to Tabrez’s father Aslam Khan, his son, along with his wife, went to Jammu and Kashmir on May 13. When they were going to their hotel, two terrorists, riding on a bike, opened fire upon them. He also requested the government to transfer them to AIIMS from Srinagar for better treatment.

Former Sarpanch and BJP leader shot to death

Meanwhile, in a separate attack in Shopian district, terrorists fired upon a former Sarpanch, Ajaz Ahmad Sheikh, at close range in Hirpora around 10:30 PM on Saturday. Sheikh, who was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for advanced treatment, succumbed to his injuries.

Sheikh was the BJP leader in the valley. Notably, the elections for Lok Sabha are going on for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. In earlier phase, Srinagar witnessed record breaking second highest polling in four decades.

Nonetheless, the last rites of the deceased former Sarpanch have been performed in Shopian. Huge number of natives reached the site to pay condolences to the deceased.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army, J&K Police and BSF launched a joint operation in Tarnah nalla near Jangi chak in Hiranagar, Kathua after detecting suspicious movement of three suspected terrorists near the International Borders during an intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

The operation is currently underway, with latest updates awaited.

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