Sopore massacre

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The "Sopore Massacre" refers to the killing of 55 Kashmiri civilians by the Indian Border Security Force in revenge after militants ambushed a BSF patrol, in the town of Sopore in Kashmir on 6 January 1993.

Background

Sopore is a major town in Kashmir within the Baramulla District. It is 50 km (31 miles) north-west from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Mainly known for its apples, Sopore has been a major trading center in Kashmir. Iqbal market is the main market of the town. Eight km (5 miles) from Sopore is the famed Wular lake, the largest fresh water lake in Asia.

The Massacre

On the morning of January 6, 1993 when a group of 7-8 armed JKLF militants attacked a platoon of Border Security Force soldiers at Baba Yousuf Lane near Sopore and killing at least one. Witnesses claim that BSF soldiers attacked a public coach killing the driver and at least 15 passengers as well as attacking and burning three other cars. Some residents were burnt alive as security forces set fire to their homes and businesses.<ref...
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