Militants in Indian Kashmir have killed the brother of the state's home minister. Local police say separatist militants on Thursday shot dead Akram Bhat (brother of Home Minister Abdul Rahman Veeri) in the town of Bijbehara, some 40 kilometers south of Srinagar.
Officials say there were at least two gunmen, who wounded one other man in the attack. No groups have claimed responsibility for the killing. The attack comes ahead of the planned resumption of bus service linking the Indian and Pakistani zones of Kashmir. That move is being seen as a key confidence-building measure between the nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan.