New Delhi: In an unfortunate incident, three local BJP workers, including a youth leader, were killed in a terrorist attack in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday night. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Militant Attack in Parimpora District, Two Security Personnel Killed

As per updates from police, the incident happened when the local leaders were travelling in a car and the terrorists opened fire at them at the YK Pora area. Police said that the deceased have been identified as Fida Hussain Yatoo, Umer Rashid Beigh and Umer Ramzan Hajam. Also Read - Amarinder Singh Condemns Haryana Govt's Attempts To Prevent Farmers March To Delhi

“Terrorists fired upon three BJP workers who are identified as Fida Hussain Yatoo, Umer Rashid Beigh and Umer Ramzan Hajam in YK Pora, Kulgam, today. They were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment where they were declared as brought dead,” Jammu and Kashmir Police said. Also Read - Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Laid to Rest in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Rahul Gandhi Attends Funeral

After police registered a case of murder, the area has been cordoned off and search for the terrorists has started.

The Resistance Front (TRF), believed to be a shadow group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the killings.

In a message in English and Hindi on its social media account, the TRF said “crematoriums will get overbooked”.

Militants have since June stepped up attacks on BJP workers and leaders in the union territory, killing eight of them so far.

As per reports, Fida Hussain Yatoo was a district general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). Umar Ramzan Hajjan and Umar Rashid Beg, both residents of YK Pora, were local BJP workers.

Taking to Twitter, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah condemned the attack and prayed for the bereaved family members.

“Terrible news from Kulgam district of South Kashmir. I unequivocally condemn the targeted killing of the 3 BJP workers in a terror attack. May Allah grant them place in Jannat & may their families find strength during this difficult time,” he tweeted.

On the other hand, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, also condemned the incident in a tweet and said its people of J&K who pay with their lives because of GOI’s ill thought out policies.

“Saddened to hear about the killing of three BJP workers in Kulgam. Condolences to their families. At the end of the day, its people of J&K who pay with their lives because of GOI’s ill thought out policies,” she wrote.