December 2000 News

IED blasts rocks Srinagar and Kupwara

11 December 2000
The Pioneer
Rashid Ahmad

Srinagar: One person was killed and 23 others were injured, 9 of them security personnel, in two powerful explosions in capital Srinagar and Chadoora township in central district Budgam on Monday. Official sources said that separatist militants detonated a powerful IED plastered to a bicycle at Parimpora on the outskirts of the capital Srinagar on Srinagar-Baramullah highway when a BSF vehicle passed by there. The vehicle suffered extensive damage and all the five personnel travelling in the force got injured. The condition of one of them was reported to be critical. Three pedestrians were also hit by the splinters, causing serious injuries to them. One of them later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The condition of the fourth is reported to be serious. A caller identifying himself as the spokesperson of Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed that the activists of his organisation carried out the action. Earlier on Sunday evening militant had fired several rifle grenades on Tatoo Ground army formation from the nearby locality of Bemina. The security forces immediately laid a siege to the area and launched a search operation to nab the militants responsible for the incident. The operation lasted till late in the evening. Unidentified militants tossed a hand grenade on a CRPF patrol at Chdoora in central district of Budgam in which four men of the force got injured. At least 12 civilians were also hit by the splinters, some of them seriously. A report from Baramullah''s Tangmarg quarter said that a powerful IED explosion rocked the township on Monday. However, there was no report of any casualties. No militant group owned responsibility for the grenade throwing. In a separate incident, militants fired a rocket on the residential house of a pro government militant, Abdul Qadoos, at Lalpora in northern frontier district Kupwara, bringing the house down to wrecks. Qadoos got killed instantly while his wife and daughter sustained critical injuries. Qadoos was special police officer (SPO) with anti-militancy police task force.


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