Policeman killed in weapon snatching bid in Budgam

A policeman was killed after cops foiled a weapon snatching bid of militants on the guard post in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday. A police spokesman said militants today attempted to force their entry inside a Guard post at Wardwan, Budgam. “Militants appeared outside the Guard Post and held-up policeman Shamim Ahmad, who was unarmed and going to offer Friday prayers at a local mosque.Shamim was asked by militants to lead toward the Guard Post. However, he raised an alarm and the alert cops inside the Guard Post successfully…

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Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh flyover phase-I to be inaugurated today

After missing number of deadlines, Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh phase-I flyover will be thrown open for traffic on Friday. The phase-I which includes the area from Amar Singh College to Barzulla will be inaugurated by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Talking to Kashmir Post, Director Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) Kashmir, Showkat Ahmad Wani said, “We have decided to throw open the phase-I from Amar Singh College to Barzulla. The traffic from Zero Bridge towards Airport will be allowed to move through this phase.” He said all the arrangements have been made…

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Hardened local terrorists a concern for security forces

Kashmiris joining the Hizbul Mujahideen are now displaying a higher level of commitment and risk-taking on par with foreign terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e Mohammad operating in Jammu & Kashmir, a trend that has seen locals stage terrorist strikes and choose death over surrender when cornered by security forces. “Local terrorists recruited by Hizbul Mujahideen had carried out a terrorist strike at a CRPF camp in Pulwama on December 31, 2017. Until then, suicide attacks were known to be the preserve of ‘well-trained and committed’ foreign terrorists pushed into J&K…

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Since Jan 1, 36 Civilians, 1 Tourist, 24 Soldiers, 74 Militants Killed across Kashmir Valley

A 22 year old tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed and his mother and another relative injured when the car in which they were travelling came under a volley of stones hurled by protestors on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway. The tragic incident has added to the toll of lives lost in the Valley averaging to a violent death a day since January 1 this year. Civilians and soldiers have taken the brunt with at least 60 being killed in the ongoing confrontation between the state and the people with about 74…

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A week of setbacks for ultras in Kashmir

Militants in south Kashmir have suffered back-to-back setbacks within a week with the killing of five leading militant commanders who served as the backbone and the muscle of insurgency in the region. The five militant commanders killed in the three gunfights within a week from April 30 operated in three of the four districts of south Kashmir, a region dotted with apple orchards and rice fields which has become the ground zero of new militancy. The most prominent militant killed in the past week was Saddam Padder, a resident of…

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Kashmir stands still for second day over recent Bloodshed

Although the civil secretariat opened in the state’s summer capital of Srinagar on Monday, its roads and markets wore a deserted look following a strike call issued by separatists. Life remained at a standstill in Kashmir on Monday, a day after 10 people – five militants and an equal number of civilians – were killed in the southern district of Shopian. Although the civil secretariat opened in the state’s summer capital of Srinagar, its roads and markets wore a deserted look following a strike call issued by separatists. Commercial establishments…

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Thousands attend funeral prayers of 3 students in Pulwama, Saddam’s mother gives gun salute to son

Thousands attended the funeral prayers of three students, who were killed by forces during clashes near encounter site at Badigam Shopian, in three separate villages of Pulwama on Sunday. Large number of people turned up at Rahmoo village in Pulwama to participate in the funeral prayers of deceased student, Mohammad Asif Mir, 18, son of Ghulam Mohammad Mir. Local residents said two rounds of funeral prayers were offered for the slain teen amidst pro-freedom and anti-India sloganeering. Asif was 12th class student of Government Higher Secondary School Rahmoo and is…

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Militants target CRPF patrol in Anantnag, passerby killed

A civilian was killed after car-borne militants opened fire at a road opening party of the Central Reserve Police Force here on Thursday. The civilian had been identified as Shakeeb Shabir Shah from Shopian district. A hunt had been launched to nab the militants, said the police. “At 2.20 pm, the militants, travelling in a Santro car, opened fire at security forces in the Laizbal area of the town, along the Khannabal-Pahalgam road,” Senior Superintendent of Police Altaf Khan said, adding that one of the bullets hit Shakeeb, who was…

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Kashmir Valley to see more bloodshed in 2018 than previous year: Kuldeep Khoda

Former Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda said the killing of over 200 terrorist in the Valley would not “restore normalcy” in the state and predicted that the year would see more bloodshed than 2017. Khoda, who was J&K’s top cop between 2007 and 2012, was in New Delhi to attend a security conclave. “The year 2018 is bound to be worse than 2017, where casualty of security forces is likely to cross 100,” he told The Indian Express. Eighty-two security personnel were killed in 2016, while…

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Snow, Rain in Kashmir bring back wintry cold

One of the heaviest spells of rain in the recent months along with snowfall in the higher reaches on Friday brought back wintry cold to the Kashmir valley and inundated roads in the summer capital. The rainfall began late Thursday night and continued throughout the day on Friday. The intensity of rainfall increased significantly in the afternoon hours and forced residents to rush to their homes. The region’s higher reaches, including Gulmarg in north Kashmir and Sonamarg in central Kashmir, also received light snowfall. The downpour is one of the…

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