Leading separatist leader killed in blast in Indian-controlled Kashmir

09:59, April 09, 2011      

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A leading separatist leader was killed Friday while several others sustained injuries in a blast outside a mosque in Indian-controlled Kashmir, said police.


People carry the body of Moulvi Showkat Ahmed Shah, a prominent Muslim religious leader, during his funeral procession in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, on April 8, 2011. Shah was killed in a blast outside a mosque before Friday prayers in Srinagar. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)

"The blast happened at 12:30 p.m.. Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees, chief Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah was killed while many have been injured in the explosion outside the mosque in Maisuma area of capital Srinagar," said a police officer on the phone pleading anonymity.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that militants planted an improvised explosive device on a bicycle near the rear entrance of the mosque where Shah used to lead the Friday prayers, the official said, adding a manhunt has been launched to track down the culprits.


People carry the body of Moulvi Showkat Ahmed Shah, a prominent Muslim religious leader, during his funeral procession in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, on April 8, 2011. Shah was killed in a blast outside a mosque before Friday prayers in Srinagar. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)

Several attempts were earlier made on the life of Shah who was also actively involved in separatist politics in the Kashmir Valley.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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