7 civilians killed in 2018 so far, all in Shopian

Srinagar, Mar 05: In the first 64 days of 2018, seven civilians have been killed, all of them in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. On January 27, two civilians were killed by army in Ganowpora, Shopian, who were identified as Javeed Ahmad and Suhail Ahmad.
The duo was killed when the army personnel fired on a group of protesters, prompting the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, to order an enquiry.
Later, one more among the injured, 19-year-old Rayees Ahmad succumbed to his injuries at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, on January 31.
In the latest incident, on March 4, four civilians were killed by the army under uncertain circumstances.
Army has dubbed the slain civilians as Over Ground Workers—a claim refuted by their families.
Those killed were identified as Suhail Khaleel of Pinjoora, Mohammad Shahid Khan of Malik Gundand, Shahnawaz Wagay of Trenz and Gowhar Ahmad Lone of Trenz.
The militants were identified as Shabir Ahamd Dar and Ashiq Hussain of Lashkeri-Toiba militant outfit. Both of them were locals.

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