Militant group disowns splinter faction in Indian Kashmir

“A Pakistan-based militant group on Thursday disowned a splinter faction suspected of a string of killings in Indian-occupied Kashmir, with concerns growing that rogue insurgents could ratchet up tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.”

“The two neighbors both claim the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, and have fought two of their three wars over it since becoming separate countries in 1947.
Hizbul Mujahideen, a Kashmiri separatist group whose leader Syed Salahuddin is based in Pakistan, said it had expelled Abdul Qayoom Najar over his involvement in “gruesome murder” and the “character assassination of established pro-freedom leadership”.”
“Indian security forces say Najar leads a breakaway group called Lashkar-e-Islam that carried out a series of recent attacks around the town of Sopore, killing five telecoms workers and vendors.” (Coordination Center)


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