February 2000 News

Militants loot GREF camp

4 February 2000
Daily Excelsior

UDHAMPUR: Militants attacked a camp of GREF in the upper reaches of Mahore last night while 8 Rashtriya Rifles today apprehended brother of a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant from Nagni forests in Doda district.

Official reports reaching at the district headquarters said that a big group of militants opened firing on a GREF camp in the higher reaches of Mahore last mid-night. While the GREF jawans had taken positions behind some hills, a group of militants walked inside the camp and decamped with some including 90 detonators.

No casualty was reported on GREF jawans in militants' firing. The militants, who attacked the camp, numbered around 10 and some of them were suspected to be the foreign mercenaries. However, they escaped towards adjoining forests after the gun-battle. In the morning, additional re-inforcement of police and para-military was rushed to the spot to conduct searches for the absconding militants. Searches continued throughout the day today but no arrest could be made immediately.

Police have also sought the help of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the searches to nab the militants following alarming reports that a number of foreign mercenaries were present on the higher reaches of Mahore and were planning to strike in a bigger way.

Security forces were expected to cordon off the upper reaches to launch a massive crackdown against the militants, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the troops of 8 Rashtriya Rifles today arrested one Akhtar Hussain brother of a notorious Hizbul Mujahideen militant Ghulam Mohd Wani son of Abdul Gaffar Wani from Nagni forests in Doda district.

Akhtar Hussain was working as a courier of the Hizbul Mujahideen activists. One Chinese made pistol, five grenades and 500 gms explosives was recovered from the possession of Akhtar Hussain.

Reports said that Akhtar Hussain was going to handover the seized arms and ammunition to his brother. Troops had a specific information about Akhter’s movement and had laid a naka for him in which he was apprehended.

Reports said troops have identified some hideouts of HM militant Ghulam Mohd Wani and were carrying out raids there to apprehend him but so far no success has been made.


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