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Pall of gloom over families of soldiers
SRINAGAR, Feb 11: A pall of gloom has descended over the families of four army soldiers of Kupwara district who were killed in a fidayeen attack at Sunjuwan army camp in Jammu.

All the four soldiers, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Havildar Habibullah Qureshi, Naik Manzoor Ahmad, and Lance Naik Mohammad Iqbal belonged to Kupwara. The civilian killed in the incident also hailed from Kupwara district and was the father of a killed army man.

As the news about their killings reached Kupwara, local people in large number visited the respective affected families to offer their condolences.

Habibullah Quereshi belonged to Haihama village in Kupwara. He is surived by wife, six daughters, six sisters and parents. His family members said they talked to him on phone yesterday morning. “He told us that he was alright. But later his phone got switched off and then we came to know that he was killed,” they said.

The family demanded an end to the bloodshed and urged for talks between India and Pakistan to stop these killings and tragedies.”These killings lead to tragedies and destruction only. We appeal India and Pakistan to put to an end the hostility and stop these inhuman acts,” they said.

Mohammad Ashraf Mir belonged to Maidanpora in Lolab area of Kupwara. He is survived by wife, three kids, three sisters, parents and two brothers. His father said Ashraf was the only bread earner for the family. “He was our only hope. He laid down his life for the country. Asraf talked to me a few days back after he reached back to his unit at the camp. He was outside earlier,” he said.

Ashraf’s neighbours said the affected family is poor and should be duly compensated.

News Updated at : Monday, February 12, 2018
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