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Another set of target killings in Kashmir: 2 teachers shot dead in Srinagar

Two government school teachers, including a woman, were shot dead by militants in the Eidgah area of the city amid increasing attacks on unarmed people in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

The killing of the teachers took the number of civilians killed in the last five days in Kashmir valley to seven, including four from the minorities.

“At about 11.15 am, militants, shot dead two school teachers at Sangam Eidgah in Srinagar district,” a police official said. He said one of the two slain persons is a woman.

The deceased have been identified as Supinder Kour, a resident of Alochi Bagh area of Srinagar city, and Deepak Chand, a resident of Jammu. They were working as teachers at Government Boys School, Sangam.

The latest killing has taken the number of unarmed people shot dead in the valley to seven, including six in the city, over the past five days.

On Saturday, militants shot dead Majid Ahmad Gojri, a resident of Chattabal Srinagar, at Karan Nagar. Later that night, another man Mohammad Shafi Dar, resident of Batamaloo, was shot at and injured at SD Colony Batamaloo. He succumbed to injuries a few hours later.

On Tuesday, three civilians including Makhan Lal Bindroo, owner of Srinagar’s most famous pharmacy, were shot dead by militants within two hours in separate incidents in Srinagar and Bandipora districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Bindroo, the owner of Bindroo Medicate, was shot dead by the assailants from point-blank range while he was at his pharmacy.

Within an hour, militants struck in the Hawal area of the city, killing a non-local street vendor.

The vendor, who used to sell bhelpuri, was shot at point-blank range and died on the spot. The victim was identified as Virender.

Within minutes of the second killing, militants shot dead Mohammad Shafi Lone at Naidkhai in Bandipora district in north Kashmir.

Meanwhile, political parties have condemned the killing of the two teachers.

“Shocking news coming in again from Srinagar. Another set of targeted killings, this time of two teachers in a Govt school in the Idgah area of the city. Words of condemnation are not enough for this inhuman act of terror but I pray for the souls of the deceased to rest in peace,” National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah said on Twitter.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti said the Centre’s claims of building a ‘Naya Kashmir’ has actually turned it into a hellhole.

“Disturbing to see the deteriorating situation in Kashmir where a minuscule minority is the latest target. GOI’s claims of building a Naya Kashmir have actually turned it into a hellhole. Its sole interest is to use Kashmir as a milch cow for its electoral interests,” she wrote on Twitter.

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