March 2000 News

Kashmir grenade blast injures nine

27 March 2000
The Statesman

Srinagar: At least two persons died and nine others were injured in a grenade explosion at Nowpora Bandipora in north Kashmir this afternoon. Elsewhere in the Valley, militants made unsuccessful attempts on the lives of the Rashtriya Lok Dal president and his family members, while 14 terrorists and a counter-insurgent were among 19 people killed during the past 24 hours. An official spokesman told UNI that militants hurled a hand grenade towards a security forces vehicle at Nowpora Bandipora in north Kashmir today. However, the grenade missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside, killing two persons instantly and wounding nine. The injured were admitted to hospital, where some of them were stated to be in a critical condition. Security forces killed two militants in an encounter at Kadipora in the frontier district of Kupwara this afternoon. The encounter was on when a UNI correspondent visited the area. He said militants attacked the house of Rashtriya Lok Dal president, Mr Bashir Ahmed Ganai, with automatic weapons at Khushipora in Pulwama late last night. The guards posted there returned the fire, but the militants managed to escape. No one was injured in the attack, he said. He said one Mohammed Afzal was killed in a mine blast at Parmpilla in the border town of Uri, while militants gunned down a former militant, Mohammed Sultan, at Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara. Both incidents took place last evening. He said the beheaded body of counter insurgent Gulla Bhat was recovered from Chider in Kulgam last evening. The spokesman said security forces killed three militants - Zaffar Bhai alias Dawood Bhai, self-styled area commander of the Harkat-ul-Ansar, Abdul Rashid, and Ghulam Mohammed during an encounter at Dharma last evening. A Kalashnikov, a pistol, a 12-bore gun, two wireless sets, 23 sticks of RDX and two grenades were recovered from the slain militants. On yesterday?s encounter between militants hiding in a mosque and security forces at Handwara, he said the forces killed all the three Lashkar-e-Taiyaba militants last evening.


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