Militants kill India council heads in 'poll intimidation'

Militants killed three men in India's restive Kashmir region on Monday in attacks that appeared intended to intimidate locals who are due to vote in a general election this week.

People stand in line to cast their votes at Bomdila town in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh
People stand in line to cast their votes at Bomdila town in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh Credit: REUTERS/Utpal Baruah

The execution-style attacks targeted two village council heads in the Anantnag district in the broad Kashmir valley to the south of Srinagar, said police.

In a similar attack on 17 April, the head of another village council in the Anantnag constituency was shot dead by an assailant wearing army uniform who lured him out of his house.

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