December 1999 News


Militants attempt to blow up women's police station

20 December 1999
The Asian Age

Srinagar Dec 20 : Militants made an abortive attempt to blow up Kashmir's lone all-women's police station in Srinagar and another adjacent building housing the office of a senior police officer on Monday, official sources said.

Elsewhere in Kashmir valley, the ultras shot at and injured a special police officer and abducted another person, while security forces smashed a militant hideout and arrested two ultras in different incidents since on Sunday evening, sources said.

A crude bomb planted by the militants along the wall separating the women's police station and the office of superintendent of police Shaukat Malik near Rambagh bridge, was detected by the police guards and defused, they said.

Militants shot at and critically injured police officer Mohammad Abbas at Gugrari in Doda district on Sunday night, they said, adding Abbas was hospitalised in a serious condition.

In other incidents, the militants barged into the house of one Abdul Rashid Bhatt at Mandim in Pulwama district on Sunday night and took him to an unknown destination, they said adding the motive behind his abduction was not yet known.

Security forces apprehended a militant of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Sheikh Javid Majid from Solina area here on Sunday night and seized a hand grenade from him, the sources said.

Police also raided a militant hideout at Beerzwa in Badgam district and arrested Manzoor Ahmed Bhatt who had been associated with erstwhile Pasdaran-e-Islam militant outfit. Security forces also busted a militant hideout in Anantnag district and seized hand grenades and a wireless set.

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