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Srinagar, Mar 15: A 40-year-old man was forcibly taken away from his home and shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, police said Friday.

Blaming the killing on the militants, a police spokesman said "Manzoor Ahmad Lone was shot dead by the terrorists late on Thursday night at Gulzarpora in Awantipora area of Pulwama.”

He said initial investigation revealed that Lone was forcibly taken away from his home in Dogripora and shot dead at nearby Gulzarpora.

This was the third attack on civilians in south Kashmir in the past two days.

A National Conference worker was shot at and injured in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district on Thursday while an Army deserter was shot dead on Wednesday in Pulwama district.

 Meanwhile, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone today condemned targeting of political workers in two separate incidents in south Kashmir and asked the administration to ensure that perpetrators of these attacks are brought to justice.

"Yet again political workers are being targeted. The targeting of NC worker in Bijbehara is not only condemnable but also an appeal for introspection. Nothing has been achieved by killing political workers in the last three decades but adding to the army of orphans and widows," Lone said.

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