Death toll in Indian-controlled Kashmir militant attack rises to 3 as councillor succumbs

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by Peerzada Arshad Hamid

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 30 (Xinhua) — The Municipal councillor wounded in a militant attack in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir succumbed early Tuesday, taking the death toll to three, officials said.

The councillor died in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

“Shams-ud-din Peer, a councillor who was admitted here in wounded condition yesterday has succumbed early today,” a senior health official at the hospital said. “He was critical and failed to respond to the treatment.”

On Monday, militants carried out an attack inside the premises of Municipal Council Sopore of Baramulla district, about 50 km northwest of Srinagar. The attack left a policeman and a councillor dead, besides another one wounded.

According to officials, the councillors had assembled inside the office premises for a meeting.

The policeman killed in the attack was part of the security deployed outside the meeting venue.

Following the attack, contingents of police and paramilitary were rushed to the spot to nab the attackers. However, they escaped from the spot. Police officials say they have identified the militants behind the attack but so far have failed to nab them.

Reports said the police have ordered the suspension of four policemen deployed as security for the councillors for failing to retaliate during the attack.

Militants in the region usually target people for having associations with pro-India political parties and police. The municipal councillors represent the political parties at the grassroots of the political system.

Last week two paramilitary troopers belonging to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and two others wounded in a militant attack in Srinagar city.

Meanwhile, of the two wounded CRPF personnel, one succumbed on Monday evening taking the toll to three in the attack.

Monday’s attack was the second in the span of five days and the twin attacks claimed the lives of six people including four government force personnel.

On Saturday night, two militants and an Indian army trooper were killed in a fierce gunfight in Shopian district. Enditem

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