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A Terrorist Attack kills 8 CRPF men and leaves 22 injured in Pampore, Kashmir

For decades, rebel groups fought for Kashmir’s independence from India, often attacking government officials

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An Indian army soldier, second left, gives first aid to paramilitary soldiers who were injured in a highway ambush in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP
  • Eight policemen lost their lives in the attack in Pampore district on Saturday
  • Two attackers were killed by Police wand injured Policemen were taken to the Hospital in Srinagar
  • Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killings

Kashmir once again faced attacks from rebels. Eight policemen lost their lives in the attack in Pampore district on Saturday, June 25.

The attack, which targeted a security convoy of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on a highway near Pampore, left 20 officers injured. Pampore is 15 kilometers from the state capital, Srinagar.

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Two attackers were killed by Police wand injured Policemen were taken to the Hospital in Srinagar.

“Firsthand information after looking at the bodies is, both appear to be Pakistanis, definitely from Lashkar, and in all likelihood, they were fidayeen. Two AK-47 rifles have been recovered from them,” said CRPG Inspector General Nalin Prabhat.

“I salute the courage of the CRPF personnel martyred today in J&K. They served the nation with utmost dedication. Pained by their demise. My thoughts are with the families of those martyred today. May those injured recover soon,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter.

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Indian security personnel stand guard near paramilitary soldiers' bus that was damaged in an ambush by suspected rebels in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP
Indian security personnel stand guard near paramilitary soldiers’ bus that was damaged in an ambush by suspected rebels in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP

For decades, rebel groups fought for Kashmir’s independence from India, often attacking government officials.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killings.

“The only purpose of such blood-spattered acts of violence is to add to the tragedies and  miseries of the people,” she said in a statement.

Indian Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said the attack was a matter of grave concern.

“Tomorrow, the CRPF director general of police and other senior officials will go to Srinagar to carry out investigations because it is a matter of grave concern for us that so many security personnel have been martyred,” Rijiju said.

However, India had accused Pakistan for  training of Revolutionaries which fight for Kashmir’s independence from India and its merger with Pakistan but, Islamabad denied the charges. (VOA)

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Declining Crime Rate In US Is Now In ‘Reversed Direction’

After declining for more than two decades, the number of violent crime victims in the United States jumped by 22% over the past three years

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After declining for more than two decades, the number of violent crime victims in the United States jumped by 22% over the past three years, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the Justice Department’s statistics arm.

There were 3.3 million victims of violent crime in 2018, up from 2.7 million in 2015, the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey showed. The  annual survey was conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The three-year rise was fueled by increases in the number of victims of rape and sexual assault, which jumped from 204,000 to 347,000; aggravated assault, which rose from 561,000 to 694,000; and simple assault, which grew 1.7 million to 2.1 million.

It is the third consecutive BJS survey to show an increase in the number of violent-crime victims and follows a 60% decline between 1994 and 2015, a period in which crime fell precipitously across the United States.

“The longstanding general trend of declining violent crime in the United States, which began in the 1990s, has reversed direction in recent years,” BJS statisticians Rachel Morgan and Barbara Oudekerk wrote in the report.

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Counter to administration’s claims

The findings contradict the Trump administration’s assertion that it has helped halt a violent crime “epidemic” which it claims was fueled in part by former U.S. President Barack Obama’s immigration policies.

The administration has made fighting violent crime a central focus of its domestic agenda, and officials have pointed to recent FBI crime statistics to take credit for a turnaround.

In prepared remarks to a public safety symposium in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday, Jon Adler, director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, said the administration has “hit our stride” in the fight against violent crime.

“After two years of alarming increase in the crime rate leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, our nation has turned a corner,” Adler said .  “This is a testament, not to some grand federal policy or initiative, but to the hard work and sharp focus of our nation’s front-line law enforcement officers.”

In February, the FBI reported a decline of 4.3% in violent crime during the first six months of 2018 on top of a slight decrease in 2017.  The drop came after an increase of 8% in violent crime in 2015 and 2016.  The FBI data is based on voluntary reporting by thousands of local police departments.

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What this means

The recent increase in the crime rate was not as ominous as Trump administration officials claim, according to Andrew Wheeler, a criminologist at the University of Texas at Dallas. The long-term downtrend, however, appears to have plateaued, Wheeler said.

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“I think it’s sufficient to say that there’s good evidence that it’s been increasing the past couple years, because we have the different data sources that are basically all telling us that same information.  But whether or not the increases are alarming or substantive, I’m not sure if the evidence points to that,” Wheeler said.

While BJS statisticians say the recent data point to a reversal in falling violent crime, Wheeler said it is too early to draw any conclusions about long-term trends.

“I’m not real sure if the trend is basically meandering about its average and is going up and or down, or if it’s actually increasing or not,” said Wheeler said. (VOA)