23 killed as Army, militants clash in Kashmir Valley
10 April 2000
Srinagar: A series of bloody clashes between the security forces and militants and other incidents of violence since Sunday afternoon have left 23 people dead and several more wounded in Jammu and Kashmir. The bloodiest of all incidents occurred at Nasoo village, outside the town of Bandipore in Baramulla district, where fierce fighting between the security forces and militants broke out on Monday. The fighting was still on till late in the evening and three militants and three infantrymen had already been killed. Three more security men and three civilians were wounded and two houses were razed to the ground in heavy shelling by the security forces, witnesses said. The police, however, said that the buildings caught fire and were gutted completely during the encounter. Three assault rifles, six handgrenades and a wireless set were found on the slain militants, the police said, adding that they were members of the Harkat-ul-Ansar. In neighbouring Nathapora fighting broke out on Monday morning after the gunmen hiding in the village aimed at a raiding party conducting searches. Four unidentified persons, whose identities were being ascertained, were killed and one civilian was injured. The operation was in progress when reports last came in. Earlier on Sunday evening, troops killed five unidentified militants at Pazalpora village of Baramulla, a police handout said. A police officer, however, said that the slain militants were of Pakistani and Afghan origin. In the frontier district of Rajouri, three foreign militants associated with the Hizb-ul Mujahideen were killed in a clash with the security forces at Kamrote. The slain militants were identified as Zaffar Zulfikar Ali and Afzal Shah.