Paramilitary trooper shot dead in Srinagar

September 13th, 2008 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Sep 13 (IANS) Suspected militants shot dead a paramilitary trooper in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir Saturday, police sources said.The trooper was gunned down in the old city area of Safa Kadal in the afternoon, the sources added.

According to the sources, unidentified militants opened fire from a close range at a trooper of Central Reserve Police Force in troubled Srinagar, which has been rocked by violent pro-freedom protests for the last two months.

More than 50 people have been killed, mostly in police and paramilitary firing, during the bitter stir over the Amarnath land dispute.

This is the first case of militant initiated violence during the last three months. The guerrillas, who have been fighting in Kashmir since the two decade old Pakistan sponsored insurgency started in 1989, were silenct during the stir against the land row, which has renewed secessionist sentiments in the valley.

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