Gunmen kill 3 BJP activists in Indian-controlled Kashmir

2020-10-30 06:35:31 GMT2020-10-30 14:35:31(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Three activists belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including a local youth leader, were killed by militants in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Friday.

The activists were attacked Thursday late evening at Y.K. Pora area of Qazigund in Kulgam district, about 74 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"At 8:20 p.m. (local time) gunmen suspected to be militants at Y.K. Pora area of Qazigund here stopped a car in which three people were traveling," a police official posted in Kulgam said. "The militants fired upon them indiscriminately killing one on spot, while as two others succumbed on way to the hospital."

A health official at Qazigund hospital said the trio had multiple bullet wounds on their bodies.

BJP in Indian-controlled Kashmir said the trio were party activists.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the killings and expressed grief with the bereaved families.

Several BJP workers have been killed in the past few months.

In July this year, a young BJP leader along with his two family members (father and brother) were killed outside their residence in Bandipora town of the region.

Militant groups opposing New Delhi's rule are engaged in a guerilla war with Indian troops in the region since 1989.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir. Enditem