Former militant, 3-year old son shot dead in Kashmir’s Sopore

Srinagar: A former militant and his three-year-old son were shot dead by unidentified militants, who struck at their residence, about 55 kms from here in Sopore area of Kashmir on Friday.


While Bashir Ahmed Bhat, who had quit militancy after serving a prison term died on Friday, three-year-old Burhan passed away on Saturday morning.

“Burhan succumbed to the injuries in the morning,” the police said.


Bhat was attacked when he was playing with his son near his residence at Sagipora at around 7.50 PM, official sources said.


The militants, suspected to be of either Hizbul Mujahideen or its breakaway faction Laskhar-e-Islam, first lobbed a hand grenade, which failed to explode.


Sensing trouble, Bhat tried to escape with his son but the militants opened fired with their automatic guns injuring him and his child, they said.


Both were rushed to hospital but Bhat succumbed to his injuries on way.

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