Militants kill NC leader and eleven others
11 June 2000
Srinagar: Twelve people including a ruling National Conference (NC) leader, seven militants and two members of family were killed and three women were injured in separate militancy-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir last evening. NC leader, Abdul Rashid Khan, also Deputy Block President of the party was killed by unidentified militants in Pattan area of Baramulla district in North Kashmir last night, an official spokesman said here today. Khan, about 70-years-old, died when militants broke into his house and attacked him. Three unidentified militants were killed in an arms clash with security forces at Behrote-Shahpur in Poonch district today. Four more militants - two Kashmiris and two Pakistanis - were killed in two separate encounters at Brenbugh-Bamalana near Kangan in Srinagar and Kulnar forest in Safapora area of Baramulla district last night, the spokesman said. He said two members of a family, Reshma and her son Bashir Ahmad lost their lives and three other women were injured when a land-mine exploded at Sajroo forest of Udhampur where they had gone to collect fire wood last evening. Militants gunned down two persons, Shakeel Ahmad and Ghulam Hassan Baba at Nowhatta in Srinagar and Nagbal-Tral in Pulwama district, respectively, the spokesman said. Militants also attacked a security picket and a police post with grenades. Advice to farmers The Jammu and Kashmir Government has advised farmers of Kashmir valley to carry lanterns or torches while moving in and around their agricultural fields during night to avoid being mistaken as militants by the Army and paramilitary forces.