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Hurriyat leader Lone escapes bid on life

Senior Hurriyat Conference leader Abdul Gani Lone and his family members survived a bid on their lives as unidentified militants attacked his residence in uptown Srinagar on Thursday night, official sources said on Friday.

Lone and his family members were inside the house when heavily armed militants rained bullets on the building located at Sanatnagar around 2110 hours, they said.

They said the water tank atop the house burst after it was hit.

The room where the security personnel were put up bore the brunt of the firing.

Lone said the firing was so intense that the entire area was rattled and it was by the grace of God that he and his family members escaped unhurt.

Although no militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack, officials suspect the involvement of Al-Barq militant outfit.

The outfit had recently demanded Lone to hand over all assets of the militant group to them forthwith.

However, the Hurriyat leader has denied any link with any militant outfit in the past or present.

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