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Suspected militants fatally shoot 3 in Kashmir

Grandmother (center), of Haseeb Ahmad Khan, one among three civilians killed, wails during the funeral of her grandson in Baramulla, 60 kms (37 miles) west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on May 1. Suspected militants shot and killed three men in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said. (AP)

NEW DELHI, May 1, (Agencies): Suspected militants shot and killed three men in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Tuesday, as the disputed region observed a strike to protest the killing of two rebels and a civilian this week during India’s counterinsurgency operation.

Three suspected insurgents fired at the three local men overnight in the main town of Baramulla, police said. The victims, ranging in age from 20 to 25, were shot at close range and died instantly. Baramulla is some 60 kms (37 miles) west of Srinagar, the main city of the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.

No rebel group has claimed responsibility for the deaths of the men. Police officer Imtiyaz Husain said they were investigating the motive behind the killings but blamed the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the shootings

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