December 1999 News


Top militant killed in attack near SOG camp

29 December l999
The Times of India

Srinagar: Security forces on Wednesday claimed to have killed Abdullah alias Abu Moviaia, district commander of Lashkar-e Toiba's Budgam unit, in an encounter near Nowgam in the morning. Militants had attacked a security picket near a cinema hall in the town killing one person. The hall is located near the SOG headquarters and the incident took place minutes before the arrival of Chief Minister Abdullah.

The militants fired three rifle grenades towards the SOG headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, even though the area remained cordoned off after 24 hour gunfight. While two grenades hit a nearby building housing the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) another landed in the SOG headquarters without exploding and was being defused, an official spokesman said.

No casualty was reported in the fresh attack, he said. However, the toll in the Tuesday's attack on the SOG headquarters here has gone up to 15. On Wednesday, the police said nine policemen and two CRPF jawans were killed and the bodies of three militants recovered from the debris of the headquarters . The militants and security personnel, including the Army, had a 24 hour gunfight that ended on Tuesday. The militants entered the SOG headquarters on Monday evening and occupied the ammunition depot. In the fierce battle, 24 security men were injured.

The huge building where the militants had taken shelter was demolished by the Army with mortars to let the trapped jawans escape.

Moviaia, the top militant killed on Wednesday was from Multan in Pakistan and was allegedly involved in the militant attack on the Badgamibagh contonment last month, in which eight Army men, including Major P. Puroshotam, PRO of the defence ministry were killed. In the Badgamibagh incident, the then Srinagar district commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba was killed while three other militants had managed to escape.

In other incidents on Wednesday, four BSF jawans were killed by armed militants  at Gul village near Banihal. Four militants were also killed by the security forces at Jajuna village near Gadherbal, 20 km from here, on Wednesday morning.

The militants also fired at security pickets on Hari Singh street and Lal Chowk on Wednesday afternoon. Details of these incidents are awaited.

the police also said the Pakistani Army had resorted to heavy shelling from across the line of control (LoC) at Karnah in Kupwara district since Tuesday evening.

According to the police, four members of a family were killed by unidentified militants at Kathwadi village in Budgam district on Wednesday morning. , Those killed comprised the house owner, his wife and two daughters. Another daughter who was injured in the militant's attack has been admitted to hospital.

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