Srinagar, Kashmir (PTI): Prominent religious figure and Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah was today killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast outside a mosque in Maisuma area of Srinagar, police officials said.
Another youth, identified as Munir Ahmad Mir, was also critically injured in the blast.
Although the exact cause of the explosion is being investigated, police suspect that militants used an IED planted on a bicycle near the rear entrance of the mosque where Shah used to lead the Friday prayers.
Shah was also actively involved in separatist politics and was very close to JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik.
Today’s blast was the first IED explosion in Srinagar city in the last two years.
The last IED explosion took place in September 2009 when militants triggered a car bomb to blow up a police vehicle, leaving three persons dead and 18 others injured.
CPI(M) State Secretary M Y Tarigami condemned the killing, saying it was an act of “cowardice”.