Terrorists struck again at the non-Kashmiri population in the Valley on Thursday, killing two migrants, one of them with impunity by entering a bank and shooting dead the manager with a pistol and walking out. Vijay Kumar of Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, was shot dead inside an SBI-led Ellaquai Dehati Bank branch in Kulgam in the morning. He was the eighth victim of targeted killings since May 1 and the third non-Muslim government employee to die in terrorist attacks carried out with increasing frequency.
The second man to die was Dilkhush, a brick kiln labourer from Bihar who was shot dead at Magraypora in Chadoora, Budgam, on Thursday evening, the ninth non-local to be killed. A second labourer, Goria, from Punjab, was injured in the attack. A little known terrorist outfit called “Kashmir Freedom Fighters” claimed responsibility for killing the bank manager.