One dead as militants target mobile phone stores in IHK


Militants attacked a mobile phone shop in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) on Monday, killing one employee and wounding two, in the second attack in as many days targeting telecommunication businesses in the disputed region.

Shots were fired by armed men at a franchisee outlet of the state-owned BSNL company in Sopore in northern Kashmir before fleeing, a senior police officer said.

The attack follows the appearance last week of posters – bearing the name of militant group Lashkar-e-Islam – in the same area, warning phone companies to shut down their operations and landlords to dismantle mobile phone towers erected on their property.“We warn these telecommunication companies to close all networking services, close their offices and stop recharging services as well. We warn the retailers as well to stop recharging the subscribers within seven days,” the posters read.

Militants had hurled two grenades at a mobile phone tower used by Vodafone, Aircel and Airtel near a police station on Sunday. One of the grenades exploded near the tower without causing any damage.


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