January 2000 News

Intruders killed in J&K clashes

9 January 2000
The Statesman

SRINAGAR: Ten people, including three Pakistani intruders and a foreign mercenary of the Lashkar-e-Taiyaba, were killed, and a policeman was injured since the evening yesterday as security forces foiled a Pakistani attempt to push armed ultras into Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said today.

Security forces also smashed some militant hideouts and recovered a big cache of weapons during the period, he added.

One encounter took place today after the security forces ambushed a group of heavily-armed militants inside Line of Control. Three Pakistani intruders were killed in the encounter, the spokesman said.

The militants were trying to sneak in from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir through the RS Pora sector under the cover of darkness. A subsequent search of the site resulted in the recovery of 56 kg of RDX, three rockets projectile guns and four grenades.

The intruders had been pushed in by Pakistani troops with instructions to join hands with militants engaged in subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

In another incident, a militant belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiyaba was killed last night when security forces engaged him in an encounter at Khalbal Dhar in the Bhangal area of Doda district. A pistol and a wireless set were seized from him, the spokesman said.

He said two people were killed today when militants fired on them at Lahai-Malhar village of Basohli in Kathua district. The motive behind the attack, however, was unclear, he added.

At Ashtal in Kulgam area of Anantnag district today, one Sabzar Ahmad Lone was shot dead by unidentified militants. The man was on his way back after offering his Id prayers.

The spokesman said militants also gunned down one Ghulam Qadir and his daughter-in-law in their house at Kullar in Pahalgam area. Also, an unidentified body was found today at Khirnar in Kupwara, he said.

Militants, the spokesman added, shot and injured Md Shafi, a policeman, inside a mosque today at Aroo in the Kulgam area of Anantnag district.

But the security forces had something to celebrate last evening when they smashed two militant hideouts during search operations inside Kalaroos forest and Cherkote forest in Kupwara district.

A big cache of arms and ammunition, including a machine gun, a magazine with 750 rounds, a solar missile, two 107-mm rocket heads, three kg RDX, 15 rocket boosters, a remote-control device, 25 detonators, 61 grenades and four AK magazines with 90 rounds, were seized as well, the spokesman said.

Among other seizures were three crude bombs, a carbine silencer, 381 rounds of ammunition, a combat fatigue and some blankets - all recovered yesterday from another militant hideout at Galban Perinear Pattan-Sunderbani in Rajouri district, he said.

In the Sawjain area of Poonch district, an imam of a mosque was injured yesterday when Pakistani troops shelled a police post near the local Jama Masjid, a police spokesman said.

Pakistani ranger also fired on six Indian posts last night in Akhnoor and the RS Pura sub-sectors. The BSF fired back, but there was no casualty, he added.


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