30/10/2019 8:06 AM IST | Updated 30/10/2019 8:08 AM IST

5 Bengali Workers Shot Dead By Militants In Kashmir's Kulgam

The attack is reportedly the sixth in a series of incidents targeting non-residents in south Kashmir.

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Paramilitary troopers patrol a street during clashes on October 29, 2019.

Five migrant labourers from West Bengal were shot dead by suspected militants in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Tuesday, while another labourer was critically injured, PTI reported.

All the victims hailed from Murshidabad district of West Bengal, the police said.

The attack happened on a day a group of parliamentarians from the European Union was visiting Kashmir to talk to locals and ask them about their experience after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution in August.

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The attack is the sixth in a series of incidents targeting non-residents in south Kashmir, and the second in 24 hours, Indian Express reports.

On Monday, a trucker from Udhampur district was killed by militants in Anantnag, police said. This was the fourth truck driver to be killed since August 5, when Article 370 was abrogated. 

On October 24, two non-Kashmiri truck drivers were killed in Shopian district.

On October 14, the driver of a truck having Rajasthan registration number was shot dead and an orchard owner assaulted in Shopian district. The driver was identified as Sharief Khan.

Two days later, Punjab-based apple trader Charanjeet Singh was killed and Sanjeev injured in Shopian district.

The same day, a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh was shot dead in Pulwama district.