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Mr. Parrey, a former MLA, was going to inaugurate a cricket match when militants attacked his car. Police sources told The Hindu that the vehicle came under a burst of fire from AK-47s from a group of hiding militants. He was driven to the SKIMS Hospital but succumbed to his injuries on the way.
His associates were identified as party general secretary, Mohammad Akram and Ali Mohammad. Mr. Parrey's nephew Zahoor Ahmad, personal security officers, Ghulam Hassan Parrey, Zahoor Ahmad and a counter-insurgent, Abdul Ahmad, were injured.
A little known al-Nasreen militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A spokesman of the outfit called Mr. Parrey a "traitor" of their movement.
Mr. Parrey surrendered in the early 1990s and founded the Ikhwan-ul-Muslimeen, a counter-insurgent force, when K.V. Krishna Rao was the Governor of the State.
The Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, described the killing as a setback to the peace process.
In the recent past, Mr. Parrey had repeatedly accused the authorities of following the policy of "use and throw". His close associate and former MLC, Javed Shah, was killed last month in Srinagar.
Attack on Army camp
The 5 Sikh Army camp in Lokut-Pungas area of Kupwara near the Line of Control militants came under attack early this morning in which two fidayeen (suicide squad) gunned down three jawans and an officer. Six others were injured. While one militant was killed the second escaped.
Three civilians were killed and 10 injured when militants detonated an improvised explosive device as an Army convoy was passing through Bijbhera area of South Kashmir.
Ten militants were killed in separate encounters at Koi Sultanpur near Haigam Lake, Kupwara and Tangdhar areas.
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