March 2001 News

6 killed as militants raid J&K army camp

4 March 2001
The Asian Age

Baramulla: Two militants belonging to the suicide squad of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba stormed an Army camp at Baramulla early on Sunday morning, killing four securitymen. A Lashkar spokesman said slain Hafiz Abu Amar and Abu Hamza were fidayeen or members of the organisationís suicide squad. He claimed militants of his group had also stor-med another camp at Khanpost in the Surankota area of the Poonch district late on Sat-urday. Two junior commissioned officers were among the Army fatalities, while eight other securitymen were wounded in the attack. Official sources said the two fidayeen used the cover of rocket fire to enter the camp belonging to the 8 Jammu and Kash-mir Light Infantry at around 4 am hours after cutting the fence. They threw grenades and fired indiscriminately. The two intruders and Subedar Tara Chand, Subedar Shri Ram, Lance Naik Gandhi Ram and Rifleman Surender Singh were killed. A defence spokesman, however, said in Srinagar that three Army personnel were killed and as many wounded in the attack.


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