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In the second political killing in the Valley this month, a senior worker of the People’s Conference, the party headed by Sajjad Lone who is a minister in the J&K government, was shot dead Wednesday night by militants outside his home in Kralgund, a village in Kupwara district. Two militants barged into the house of 50-year-old Ghulam Nabi Khoja around 8.30 pm and ordered him out. Residents said the militants shot Khoja several times and, taking advantage of the dark, fled the spot. Family members took Khoja to the Baramulla district hospital where he succumbed to injuries.
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“He had multiple bullet injuries and died minutes after he arrived,” Dr Masood, the hospital superintendent, said.
Khoja was a close associate of Sajjad Lone. An employee of the education department, he was associated with the People’s Conference since the days of Abdul Gani Lone, Sajjad’s father who was assassinated in 2002.
On October 2, Fayaz Ahmad, a former sarpanch, was killed by militants outside his house in Kandizal near Pampore.