At least 7 civilians killed in firing by security forces in 6 weeks

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 2/1/2018 2:08:36 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 31: At least 7 civilians have been killed in firing by security forces in different areas of Kashmir valley during past two months.
While the bloodshed continued in the last month of 2017 as several persons were killed in different incidents of violence across Kashmir, the beginning of 2018 also witnessed violence and killings.
In the month of January this year at least 5 youth were killed in the last week of January alone.
Three youth were killed in firing by army in Shopian district of South Kashmir, while five days ago a teenager was shot dead by security forces in Shopian district only a week back.
On Wednesday, January 31, a teenager boy succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Hospital here in Srinagar after battling for life for around five days.
The deceased youth identified as Rayees Ahmad Ganie son of Mohd Yousuf Ganie had received critical injuries on January 27 when Army opened fire in a village in Shopian district of South Kashmir. The incident had earlier resulted in two civilian killings.
19-year old Rayees Ahmad, of Narpora village of Shopian succumbed to his injuries at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).
On January 27, Army allegedly shot dead two youth in Ganowpora village of Shopian district in South Kashmir.
The slain youth were identified as Suhail Javaid, son of Javaid Ahmad Lone of Ganowpora village. Another slain boy was identified as 23 year old Javed Ahmad of of Balpora area of district Shopian.
Pertinently on January 23, a17 year old boy identified as Shakir Mir, resident of Qalampora village of Pulwama district was killed in army firing during an encounter between militants and security forces in Chaigund village of South Kashmir’s Shopian.
In the month of December 2017, also several civilian killings were witnessed in Kashmir valley.
On December 19, a young woman Rubeena Jan was killed allegedly in firing by security force during an encounter between security and millitants in Batmura village of Shopian district of South Kashmir.
On December 18, Army killed a Sumo Taxi Driver in Thandipora village of Kupwara district in North Kashmir. The slain driver identified as Aasif Iqbal, was shot dead by security forces during an ambush in the village.
On December 11, a woman was killed during a gunfight in Unsoo village of district Handwara in north Kashmir.
The incident had triggered massive protests and clashes in Kupwara areas.
Killings were witnessed in the month of October 2017 also. On October 14, a civilian namely Gulzar Ahmed was killed during an encounter when army opened fire on protesters in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.



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