The fresh attack comes amid a spate of targeted killings in the J&K valley over the past few months in which both the Kashmiri Pandits of the valley and other civilians have been targeted. Today’s attack comes amid outcry over Kashmiri Pandits being targeted.
Sunil Kumar Bhat and Pintoo Kumar Bhat, the victims, were brothers from the village of Chotigam. They came under attack in an apple orchard in the Shopian neighbourhood of Chotipora.
Sunil Kumar, who had been shot twice, eventually passed away due to his injuries. Mortal remains of Bhat were brought to his residence in afternoon.
On May 31, A school teacher from Jammu - Rajni Bala, who belonged to Jammu’s Samba district was shot dead causing a major uproar among Kashmiri Pandits, who threatened to undertake mass migration from the valley if they were not relocated to safe places.
Mehbuba Mufti reacts
Terribly sorry to hear about the targeted killing in Shopian. Condolences to the deceased’s family. GOI continues to behave like an ostrich with its head buried deep under the sand. Every resident of J&K has become cannon fodder in Delhi’s quest for ‘manufactured normalcy.': Tweeted Mehbooba Mufti
Omar Abdullah reacts
Terribly sad news from South Kashmir today. An accident & a militant attack have left a trail of death & suffering. I condemn the militant attack in Shopian unequivocally in which Sunil Kumar was killed & Pinto Kumar injured. My condolences to the family: Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.
Two weeks back school teacher was shot dead
Just two weeks before the attack at the school, On May 12, a gunman had stormed into a government office in Kashmir’s Chadoora town and shot at a Kashmiri Hindu employee, Rahul Bhat who died immediately.
Earlier labourer from Bihar was shot
Earlier, a labourer from Bihar was fired upon by terrorists at Soadnara Sumbal in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, following which he succumbed to his injuries, police said.The deceased labourer was identified as Mohd Amrez, hailing from Bihar's Madhepura.Soon after being shot, he was shifted to the hospital for treatment where he died.