Published On: Fri, Feb 28th, 2014

Indian Soldier Kills 5 Members of His Unit in Occupied Kashmir

India Occupied Kashmir

By HARI KUMARFEB

An Indian soldier killed five fellow soldiers with his service rifle and then committed suicide before dawn on Thursday while on duty at the gate of an army unit in the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir, the army announced.

An army statement said the soldier, part of the Rashtriya Rifles unit, “opened fire with his service rifle on fellow soldiers who were in a room,” killing five and wounding another. “Subsequently, he committed suicide by firing at himself,” the statement said. The army has ordered an investigation into the episode.

The unit carries out counterinsurgency operations against kashmiris who have been seeking Kashmir’s independence from India for 25 years.

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