In Indian Kashmir: Former rebel spokesman killed

Published January 15th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Suspected Muslim militants overnight gunned down a former spokesman for a hard-line Islamic rebel group in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said on Wednesday. 


They said a gunman shot dead Ghulam Hassan Chopan from point blank range in the Bemina area of the divided state's summer capital Srinagar late Tuesday. 


Chopan, a resident of northern Kupwara district, was staying in a state-owned building in Bemina with his wife.  


A police source said Chopan had earlier functioned as spokesman for hard-line group Jaish-e-Mohammed under the code-name Abu Gazali, AFP reported. 


Jaish is one of the two groups India blames for attacking its parliament in December 2001 that left 15 people dead, including five attackers. Formed in Pakistan in early 2000, Jaish was banned by Islamabad following the attack and its offices sealed.( 

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