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Army shoots at worshippers in Handwara, 2 injured

At least two people were injured in firing by Indian Army personnel during an altercation with worshippers outside a mosque in the Handwara area of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, officials said.

An altercation broke out between worshippers, who were coming out of a mosque in Handwara town of Kupwara district, and Army personnel, who were recording videos, they said.

The Army personnel allegedly opened fire, resulting in injuries to two people, the officials said.

The injured were identified as Abdul Ahad Mir and Mujeeb Ahmad Sofi, the officials said, adding that they were rushed to the SKIMS hospital at Soura.

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone said the incident was a result of the “sorry state of affairs” prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir.

“What a sorry state of affairs. One of the most peaceful towns Handwara at the receiving end. Hoping against hope the guilty are punished,” he said in a tweet.

The People’s Democratic Party too condemned an incident of firing by the Army. “Forces barging into religious places, profiling worshippers and shooting civilians at will without any fear of justice is the level of unaccountability pervasive across J&K. Rather than moving forward, Kashmir seems to have been taken back to 90s again,” a PDP spokesperson said in a tweet.

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