From AlJazeera.Net (not the Qatari television station), “Separatists kill Kashmir family,” with thanks to Two Stellas.
Suspected separatist fighters have raided a remote mountainous village in Indian-administered Kashmir and shot to death six men from the same family, police say.
Village elder Akhtar Hussain and five members of his family were shot at point-blank range in the attack in Chittabas village in a thickly forested area 160km north of Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, said Senior Superintendent of Police Shakil Baig.
“This is the work of terrorists,” Baig said. He was referring to the dozen-odd Islamic groups, some Pakistan-based, fighting Indian security forces in the state since 1989 to carve out a separate homeland or merge the Himalayan region with Pakistan.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the slaying.
More than 66,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Muslim families are directly targeted in Kashmir by fighters when they are suspected of being informers for security forces, officials say.
But civilians form the bulk of those who have died in Kashmir in the past 16 years, killed in crossfire, bombings, and at the hands of both the separatists and security forces, according to human rights groups…