Amnesty International condemns attack on civilians in Sopore


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After a civilian was killed and two others injured today when unidentified armed men opened fire at a Telecom franchise shop in Sopore district of North Jammu and Kashmir, Amnesty International has condemned this direct attack on civilians.

Mohammad Rafiq, 26, died in hospital after sustaining bullet injuries. The two injured men are being treated. All three were employed with a franchise of the government-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The attack happens after a few warning posters were found in the town asking telecom operators to stop functioning in the area.

“This kind of deliberate attack on civilians shows contempt for human life, and can never be justified,” said Shemeer Babu, Programmes Director at Amnesty International India.

In another incident on civilians, unidentified armed men threw a grenade into a residential compound in Sopore where a mobile transmission tower was installed on Saturday. No causalities were reported from the attack and no one claimed responsibility.

Amnesty International today said that it consistently opposes human rights abuses committed by both armed groups and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

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