Mil­i­tants kill politi­cian from Modi’s party

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Mil­i­tants shot dead a lo­cal leader of In­dia’s rul­ing party in Kash­mir on Wed­nes­day, po­lice said, an at­tack that could in­crease ten­sions in the re­gion. The mil­i­tants fired at Waseem Bari, a for­mer district chief of In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in the Bandi­pora district in north­ern Kash­mir, po­lice said. Mr Modi’s govern­ment last year re­voked Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity Kash­mir’s spe­cial au­ton­omy to ce­ment its grip over a re­gion that has faced years of mil­i­tancy and un­rest. Mil­i­tants have vowed to fight the change. Ten mem­bers of Bari’s se­cu­rity de­tail were ar­rested af­ter the gun at­tack, said Kash­mir Po­lice Chief Vi­jay Ku­mar.

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