In Kashmir, 2 killings come amid tangles of fear and loyalty

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In Kashmir, 2 killings come amid tangles of fear and loyalty
In this April 6, 2018, photo, Abdul Gaffar displays the wounds he sustained while his son Manzoor Ahmed Bhat was being abducted, and later killed, by suspected militants at his residence in Hajin, about 38 kilometers (24 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. In Kashmir, the recent killings of two small-town men reflect the complicated reactions, tangled in fear and loyalty, that happen when accused informers are targeted by anti-India militants. Police say militants stormed two homes in the town of Hajin, dragging away the men and killing both. One was shot. The other, Manzoor Ahmed, was beheaded. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

HAJIN, India (AP) — Police say anti-India militants have stormed two homes in the past few days in one Kashmiri town, dragging away two men and killing both of them. One was shot. The other was beheaded.

While killings by government forces regularly trigger bloody protests against Indian rule, the silence in Hajin over the men’s deaths reflect the complicated reactions, tangled in fear and loyalty, when villagers accused of being informers are targeted by militants.

Many militants come from places like Hajin, and most Kashmiris support, at least generally, the rebels’ goals.

No one in Hajin would speak openly about what happened to the men, fearing reprisals from both sides in Kashmir’s decades-old fight. But neighbors say both had been warned earlier by militants to stop working with government soldiers.