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Omar Abdullah ‘alarmed’ over spurt in Kashmiri youths taking to guns

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has expressed alarm over the increase in the number of local youths joining militancy and has blamed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for the new trend which, he said, has emerged after killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani two years back.

Omar in a series of tweets said “Of the 12 confirmed dead, I understand 11 are local Kashmiris & (and) the identity of the 12th is being ascertained, not one so far is a foreign terrorist. Is no one in a position of power in Delhi alarmed by this because I certainly am!”.

Pertinently Omar makes a series of tweets over three encounters in Shopian and Anantnag districts on Sunday in which 13 militants, four civilians were killed and three Army men were martyred.

“@MehboobaMufti’s biggest & least talked about failure has been the massive jump in the numbers of young Kashmiri men joining the ranks of militant organisations,” Omar in another tweet said.

“Very Bloody Sunday in Kashmir … 13 militants killed but not without extracting a high cost – 3 Army men killed in the line of duty & 4 protestors killed around the encounter sites,” he added.

Lashing out heavily on Mehbooba for staying in Delhi during the encounter Omar said “So while all this was unfolding the chief minister didn’t see (it) fit to cut short her Delhi trip. What was so important to have kept her there?”

“Creations of the post-Burhan Wani rage, most of the militants killed yesterday were new recruits,” he added.

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