December 1999 News


Militants attack India's Kashmir police camp again

29 December 1999
A Staff Correspondent

SRINAGAR, India, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Separatist militants attacked on Wednesday the headquarters of the anti-insurgency arm of India's Jammu and Kashmir police for the second time in three days, police officials said.

No casualties were reported when three grenades landed in the headquarters of the special operations group of the state police, they said.

The attack came shortly before state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was due to visit the site where a fierce gunbattle between militants and security personnel ended on Tuesday.

Six police personnel and three militants were killed in the clash, which lasted nearly a day, after the militants launched an attack on the headquarters on Monday.

In the last 24 hours, police said, 18 persons, including eight militants, were killed in shootouts and a landmine blast in the troubled state.

The attacks come amidst a flare-up in violence in the disputed Himalayan territory even as hijackers of an Indian Airlines plane maintained their demand for the release of a jailed Moslem cleric and 35 other Moslem militants.

The flight, which has more than 150 hostages on board, was hijacked on Friday while on a flight from Nepal to India.

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