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Two labourers from UP killed in terrorist attack in J&K's Shopian

Police said they have arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba activist

Army in Kashmir (File) Representational image of soldiers keep vigil in Kashmir | AP

Two labourers from Uttar Pradesh were killed in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian, just days after a Kashmiri Pandit was killed in a targeted attack in the same district.

Jammu and Kashmir Police said they have arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) activist in connection with the attack. 

According to the police, two non-local labourers, Ram Sagar and Monish Kumar, both residents of Kanooj in Uttar Pradesh, died in the hospital. The accused, Imran Bashir Ganie of Harmen,  allegedly lobbed a grenade at them. He was arrested within hours of the attack.

"A 'hybrid terrorist' of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Imran Bashir Ganai, who lobbed the grenade is arrested by Shopian police. Raids are underway," said Vijay Kumar, Additional Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir. The area has been cordoned off by the police in connection with the investigation, he added. 

'Hybrid terrorists' are described as unlisted radicalised people who get back to their routine lives after carrying out terror strikes. They don't usually leave any trace.

According to reports, terror outfit TRF, a frontal of LeT, has taken the responsibility for the series of the latest targeted killings.

Three days ago, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead by militants in the Shopian district. Puran Krishan Bhat was attacked near his residence in the Chowdhary Gund area of the south Kashmir district. His death triggered protests in the region.

Police had then said that the initial investigation suggests only one militant was involved in the killing. The officers also claimed that the Kashmir Freedom Fighter (KFF), the proxy name of a militant outfit, has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Earlier this month, two LeT men were neutralised in the Anantnag encounter, who were allegedly involved in several terror crime cases. Besides, four other terrorists were eliminated in two separate encounters in Shopian recently.  

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