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Pakistan terrorists who killed state worker in Kashmir used US-made weapon: cops

Police sources said that the brother of the victim, Mohammad Razak, was also with him at the time of the attack and the terrorists tried to kidnap him but failed.

An Indian soldier keeps a vigil in Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, India. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

TWO terrorists originating from Pakistan on Monday (22) evening gunned down a government employee in Rajouri district of India’s northern Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in what was an incident of targeted attack, the police said.

They added that a case has been registered under anti-terror laws.

The victim, Mohammad Razak, worked at the social welfare department. He was shot outside his residence in Shahdra Sharief. The 40-year-old man succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.

Police sources also said that Razak’s brother was also with him at the time of the attack. The terrorists tried to kidnap him but he escaped unhurt, they added, Indian channel NDTV reported.

The police also said that the terrorists used a US-manufactured M4 rifle and a pistol.

“We have recovered bullets of M4 rifle used in the attack. A cordon and search operation has been jointly launched by the army and police to track down attackers,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by NDTV.

It may be mentioned here that Razak’s father was also killed by militants in the same area two decades ago.

The latest attack comes after two non-local persons were targeted in Herpora and Anantnag areas of J&K’s Shopian district. While a resident of Dehradun of the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand was killed in Herpora in south Kashmir some time ago, a migrant worker from the eastern state of Bihar was killed by terrorists in a targeted attack in Anantnag last week.

These killings have also taken place when the UT is holding national elections like the rest of the country.

Rajouri and Poonch witnessed a series of terrorist attacks in the region last year, in which 20 soldiers were killed.

The military later inducted at least three more brigades in the region to deal with the attacks and safeguard the strategically important region bordering Pakistan.

Rajouri and Poonch are part of the Anantnag parliamentary constituency which will go to polls on May 7.

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