Gunmen kill three civilians in Indian-administered Kashmir

Suspected anti-Indian gunmen killed three civilians in separate street shootings within 90 minutes of each other in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday.

Two men, a prominent owner of a medical shop and the other a street vendor from the Indian state of Bihar, were killed in an hour in the capital Srinagar.

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Half an hour later, another man was similarly killed in the Shahgund area north of the city, police said.

Government forces have cordoned off the shooting sites during a major hunt for the attackers.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, which came just four days after suspected militants killed two residents in street shootings in Srinagar.

The Resistance Front, a relatively new rebel group, claimed those attacks and said the two fallen men worked for Indian security forces, which have been fighting an insurgency in the Himalayas for the past three decades.

At least a dozen civilians and police officers have been killed by suspected rebels since August.

Rebel groups have been fighting Indian soldiers since 1989, demanding independence from Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan – which controls part of the divided region and, like India, claims it completely.

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