December 2000 News

9 killed, 22 hurt in J&K violence

14 December 2000
The Pioneer

Srinagar: A series of explosions and selective killings across the Valley on Thursday left nine people, including a National Conference worker dead and 22 others injured. The injured included Commandant of 82 battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Security forces across the Valley were put on high alert following intelligence inputs that the militant groups, who had rejected the Ramzan ceasefire, would intensify their attacks on Jung Badr Day (the war of Badr was won by Muslims during the time of Prophet Mohammad). Official sources said an explosion took place near a workshop at Sopore this afternoon, killing three persons including a CRPF jawan and injured 18 others, including the Commandant of 82 battalion of the CRPF and three jawans. The injured were admitted to different hospitals where the condition of two was stated to be critical. However, security forces averted a tragedy when they detected and defused a powerful Improvised Explosive Device planted by militants Srinagar-Gulmarg Road at Kunzar late in the day. Meanwhile, a civilian, Mohammad Ismail was shot dead at Pahalgam in south Kashmir early this morning. Militants fired a couple of grenades at the BSF camp at Shiraz Chowk in the city. They missed their intended target and exploded in the compound of a house, causing damage to it. However, no was injured. Meanwhile, a report from Baramulla said four persons, including two security personnel were injured in a mine blast at Keerhar. The incident occurred at 11.15 am. One of them, a Government employee, succumbed to injuries before he could be hospitalised. Militants killed a National Conference activist Abdul Rehman in the Handwara forest Wednesday night. A militant and a soldier were killed and another jawan injured in an encounter between a patrol party and ultras of Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba at Bhutoo near Handwara Wednesday evening. Also, the body of a surrendered militant was recovered at ganderbal this morning.


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