Gun­men kill five work­ers in Kash­mir

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Sri­na­gar, In­dia - Uniden­ti­fied gun­men shot dead five mi­grant labour­ers in Kash­mir on Tues­day, po­lice said, in the blood­i­est in­ci­dent since New Delhi moved to strip the re­gion of its au­ton­omy.

The killings in south­ern Kul­gam district, some 70km south of Sri­na­gar, came as In­dia al­lowed a group of mostly far-right EU par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to visit the re­gion where ten­sions have soared since New Delhi be­gan a clam­p­down on Au­gust 5.

A po­lice official said an un­known num­ber of gun­men, be­lieved to be mil­i­tants, barged into an ac­com­mo­da­tion rented by the six labour­ers late Tues­day and shot one of them dead on the spot. They later took five oth­ers out of the res­i­dence and shot them some dis­tance from the build­ing, killing four and wound­ing one.

An­other top po­lice official said the vic­tims were from the eastern In­dian state of West Ben­gal.

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