Sopore killings handiwork of breakaway Hizbul faction: Police

Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, June 16: A breakaway faction of the Hizbul Mujahideen separatist guerrilla group is responsible for the recent killings in north Kashmir’s Sopore town, a police officer said on Tuesday.

“It is the same group that had tried to disrupt telecom operations in and around Sopore areas earlier,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (North Kashmir) Gareeb Das told media persons.

“Lashkar-e-Islam is a split group of Hizbul Mujahideen and we have vital clues that the killings of former militants in Sopore have been carried out by this group.”

He added: “These are reprisal killings.”

Reshi was a former militant of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen group.

Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has given orders to the security forces to nab those responsible for the killings so that the fear among the people in Sopore town is removed.

Mysterious killings of former militants have brought senior separatist leaders close to each other after nearly 12 years.

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