March 2001 News

Pak ex-servicemen used in militancy

2 March 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Pakistan has pushed ex-servicemen into Kashmir to boost the morale of militants as security agencies suspect the militant involved in Thursday's attack on an army column in South Kashmir was a retired Pakistani soldier, official sources said. It was a suicide mission and the deceased might be an ex-serviceman of Pakistani army, the sources said yesterday. The 65-year-old militant, Mohiuddin Rubani Alias Abdul Mateen Chacha, of Malakand (Pakistan) was killed in retaliatory firing after he opened fire on the army column at Janglat Mandi, 55 kms from here, killing two soldiers including a colonel and injuring Brig Vikram Singh and two others. Two civilians were also killed and another was injured in the shootout. Intelligence inputs have suggested presence of Pakistani ex-servicemen in the militant ranks to boost militancy in the Valley, the sources added. They said Rubani, who entered the area in the guise of an egg seller, took out a weapon and started firing on the senior army officers. An AK assault rifle, two grenades and three magazines were recovered from the deceased militant, they said.


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