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Kashmir: Prominent chemist among 3 killed in separate terror attacks in an hour

A prominent chemist among three killed in terror attacks which occurred in one hour in Srinagar in three separate incidents.

Three men in Kashmir – a well-known chemist, a street food vendor, and a cab drive were gunned down today by terrorists in separate incidents, all within a span of an hour, the police said.

The chemist was a 70-year-old man, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a distinguished businessman, and the owner of Bindroo Medicate Pharmacy in Srinagar’s Iqbal Park, and he was shot at from point-blank range inside his pharmacy around 7 pm, the police said. He was instantly rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Bindroo, a Kashmiri Pandit had remained in Kashmir and ran his pharmacy even during the heights of the terrorist attacks in the 1990s.

The police and security forces had rushed to the site of the attack but Bindroo’s attackers had already escaped. The area around his pharmacy has been sealed off and a search operation is underway, the police said.

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah condemned the attack and conveyed his “heartfelt condolences to his family”. “What terrible news! He was a very kind man. I’ve been told he never left during the height of militancy and remained with his shop open. I condemn this killing in the strongest possible terms & convey my heartfelt condolences to his family. God bless his soul,” he tweeted.

Soon after the incident, terrorists once again attacked Lal Bazar in downtown Srinagar and killed a street food vendor who has been identified as Virender Paswan by the police. A resident of Bhagalpur in Bihar, he was living in Srinagar’s Zadibal area, the police said. This is the fourth civilian killing in Srinagar in the last four days.

In a third terror attack within an hour in the Union Territory, another civilian was shot dead by terrorists in Bandipora. The man has been identified as Mohammad Shafi, the president of a taxi stand in the area.

All the three attack sites have been cordoned off, the police said, adding, a search is on to catch the terrorists.

A few days back, on Saturday, terrorists had killed Majid Ahmad Gojri and Mohammad Shafi Dar for their alleged links with the security forces. The Resistance Front had claimed responsibility for the killings.

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