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12:00 AM, August 12, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 12, 2020

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Kashmir family alleges Indian forces killed three civilians

The family of three missing Kashmiris have alleged the trio was killed in a staged operation by the Indian army, bringing back memories of past cases of extrajudicial killings in the Muslim-majority region. The Kashmiri family said they had identified the three from photos posted on social media after the July 18 operation in southern Shopian district. The Indian army initially said the victims were "Pakistani terrorists" and were killed in a gunfight during an operation. Naseeb Khatana said his three cousins - Abrar Khatana, 18, Imtiyaz Ahmed, 21 and Abrar Ahmad, 25 - left their home in the southern district of Rajouri on July 16 to look for work in the Kashmir Valley, but the family lost contact with them a day later. The Indian army said on Monday it is investigating the deaths.Indian-administered Kashmir has largely been under a security lockdown since India's Hindu nationalist government revoked the region's limited autonomy in August 2019. 

 

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