February 2000 News

Pak shelling in northern sector continues

4 February 2000
The Times of India

BARAMULLA: Pakistan on Friday continued to target civilian and security force installations in Keran, Karnah, Teetweal and Machil sectors with mortar and artillery fire, official sources said.

While the shelling in Keran and Karnah has been going on for the past two days, it began early on Friday morning in Machil and Teetwal sectors, the sources said.

However, there was no report of any loss of life or damage to property as most shells exploded either in mid-air or on open ground.

Some civilians have migrated to safer places because of the shelling, they said and added that it was ``unprovoked.''

Meanwhile, according to a report from Srinagar, two persons were killed and five injured, while a senior police officer escaped a militant attack as four powerful explosions within a span of six hours rocked Idgah locality of downtown Srinagar on Friday.

Elsewhere in the Valley, nine people, including three militants, three securitymen and two counter-insurgents, were killed and six wounded in separate incidents, while police repulsed a militant attack on a police station since Thursday, an official spokesman said.

A self-styled company commander of banned Hizbul Mujahideen was arrested and four militant hideouts busted by the security forces in the Valley during the period, he said.

Militants attacked the vehicle of deputy superintendent of police and incharge of special operations group of Jammu and Kashmir police, Ganderbal unit, Jagtar Singh at Tangbagh near Tibetan colony in Idgah locality of Srinagar on Friday evening, he said.


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