February 2000 News

Two militants killed in Valley; 5 injured

6 February 2000
Daily Excelsior

SRINAGAR: Two militants were killed while five members of a family and two armymen were injured in blasts detonated by militants in Kashmir since last evening.

Security forces averted a major tragedy with timely detection of a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), seized a big cache of arms and ammunition by smashing some militant hideouts and arrested a militant allegedly involved in a number of explosions in the state during the period, an official spokesman said here today.

He said an activist of Lashker-e-Toiba, identified as Rashid Ali of Multan in Pakistan, was killed in a joint operation carried out by BSF and CRPF in Brinwar Behak in Chadoora area of Badgam district in central Kashmir late last night.

Two missiles, two grenades, 36 live grenades and some utensils have been recovered from him, he said, adding the area of operation had been extended to neutralise the militants reportedly present in the area.

Two army personnel were seriously injured when militants set off a land-mine at Manasbal on the outskirts of Srinagar last evening, the spokesman said.

He said the militants detonated the land-mine when the troops were on a routine patrol in the area.

The spokesman said a major mishap was averted today when a police patrol noiced a powerful IED having been planted by militants on the main road near Idgah in downtown Srinagar.

This is for the third consecutive day that militants managed to plant IEDs on the main road in Idgah. Four blasts rocked the area on Friday and an IED was neutralised on the main road yesterday.


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