India: More civilians targeted in Jammu and Kashmir
It is reported that unidentified gunmen, dressed in military uniform, boarded a bus travelling from Kangra to Jammu. After ordering the passengers to get off the bus, the gunmen opened fire killing seven. The militants then launched an attack on a nearby military family housing complex killing at least 22 people including many Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights and Children's rights. At least one more bus passenger has since died of her injuries.
Amnesty International is again calling on all sides to safeguard the lives of civilians. International humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks on civilians and those not taking direct part in hostilities. 'It is as yet unclear who is responsible, but we wholeheartedly condemn these attacks,' the organisation said as more than one armed opposition group is claiming responsibility for the killings.
Indiscriminate violence is widespread in Jammu and Kashmir and civilians are killed on a daily basis. During 2001, around 1200 civilians, including many Children's rights, were killed as a direct result of the conflict.