February 2001 News

Five militants shot in Kashmir

25 February 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Soldiers shot dead four militants in Kashmir, the police said here on Sunday. A police spokesman in Srinagar said four Islamic guerrillas were killed in a village in Anantnag district, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south from Srinagar late on Sunday. The killings came a day after a policeman was killed and five security officers injured in a firefight with Muslim separatist guerrillas in Kashmir. The spokesman said the gunbattle occurred in a village in the southern district of Doda on Saturday night and added that Muslim guerrillas also attacked a paramilitary camp in the suburbs of Srinagar. The police officer died and the five troopers were injured when militants opened fire from a stronghold on a raiding security party. On Saturday night, Islamic rebels also fired rifle grenades at a paramilitary camp in Gopalpora village, 30 kilometres (18 miles) north from Srinagar. The missiles missed their target, he said, adding a police station in the northern Kashmir district of Kupwara also came under attack Saturday night. Pro-Pakistan militant groups have rejected a three-month extension of a unilateral Indian ceasefire in the disputed Himalayan territory until May 30. More than 34,000 people have died in Kashmir, India's only Muslim majority state, since 1989 when the Islamic guerrillas launched their rebellion in the region.


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