Salesman Killed, 3 Hurt In Liquor Shop Firing

‘Hizb Claims Responsibility’

SRINAGAR (ONS) - A salesman was killed and three other persons were injured when suspected militants fired from their pistols at a liquor shop at Hotel Heemal in Dalgate area Thursday evening.

“Unidentified pistol borne militants fired near a liquor shop at a hotel in the jurisdiction of police station, Ram Munshi Bagh, in Srinagar this evening. Three persons were injured in the incident,” a police spokesman said.

However, sources told Kashmir Observer, after being injured in the shootout, a salesman identified as Mushtaq Ahmad, got trapped inside the shop after other shops downed their shutters in panic after the firing.

Later, the shop owner, Nazir Ahmad, informed police that one of his salesmen was not responding to his phone calls and was missing. At this, police opened the shop and found Mushtaq lying in a pool of blood. He had received bullet injuries in his neck and abdomen, they said.

The three others injured have been identified as Fayyaz Ahmad Khanday son of Ali Muhammad of Aolucha Bagh, Muhammad Sharief Sheikh son of Ghulam Rasool of Batamaloo, and Ravi Kumar son of Kartar Chand of Kathua (Jammu.)

Eyewitnesses said the shootout created chaos and confusion at the busy Boulevard as tourists and locals ran to their respective places for shelter. Senior police officials rushed to the spot to assess the situation. The injured were shifted to SMHS hospital, police spokesman said.

Meawhile, a caller identifying himself as Junaidul Islam, spokesperson of Hizbul Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the attack. “Our men carried out the attack and we appeal to parents to keep their children away from waywardness,” he told KNS, adding they wanted all the liquor shops in the valley to be closed. (with inputs from KNS)

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