October 2000 News

Cong leader among seven killed in Kashmir

7 October 2000
The Times of India

Srinagar: A Congress leader and three militants were among seven persons killed in separate incidents, while ultras attacked the house of a protected person and torched houses of four special police officers in Jammu and Kashmir since Friday night. Official sources said in Jammu that a Congress block president Zaffar Hussain was shot dead and his son seriously injured when militants ambushed their vehicle at Mughal maidan in Doda district on Saturday evening. Militants fired heavily on the vehicle killing Hussain on the spot and critically injuring his son, the sources said adding a manhunt had been launched to nab the culprits. Reports from Rajouri district said an Army jawan was killed and another injured when militants opened fire on a patrol party in Bei Nambal area. The troops also retaliated and one civilian was killed in the crossfire, the sources said. A militant was killed during a heavy fire-fight between troops and ultras in Barneli forest in Udhampur district. However, other ultras manage to escape under the cover of darkness, the sources said adding one Army officer sustained a bullet injury in the clash and was hospitalised. Meanwhile, an official spokesman here said unidentified militants shot dead an SPO, Shahbaz Malik at SHMS hospital here on Friday evening. Malik was attending on a patient in the hospital and was heading towards the canteen when the ultras killed him, he said.(PTI)


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