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Spate of militant attacks in Kashmir after onset of Ramazan

Militants fired upon a Kashmiri Pandit shopkeeper and injured him in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said.

The man, identified as Bal Krishnan of Chotigam village in Shopian, suffered injuries in his hand and leg. He was taken to an Army hospital in Srinagar where doctors stated his condition to be stable.

Officials said Army and police personnel rushed to the village on receiving the information about the attack on the Kashmiri Pandit shopkeeper.

Kashmir is witnessing a spate of militant attacks, during Ramzan. At least three other militant strikes have taken place in two days, April 3 and 4.

Two non-local civilians were shot by suspected militants in Pulwama. Patleshwar Kumar and Jako Chowdhary, both of whom hail from Bihar, were injured in the attack at Lajoora on April 4.

Just a day earlier, two workers from Punjab had been shot and injured in the same district. Dheeraj Dutt and Surinder Singh, from Pathankot, had suffered bullet wounds in the chest and leg on April 3.

Meanwhile, militants targeted personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force, or CRPF, in the capital city Srinagar. While one CRPF soldier was killed, another was injured in the attack which occurred in the Maisuma area.

The attacks occurred in the backdrop of a claim by the Indian government that the situation is improving in the disputed Himalayan region. The Narendra Modi government has said that militant incidents reduced from 417 in 2018 to 229 in 2021, and the number of security personnel killed from 91 in 2018 to 42 in 2021.

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