March 2001 News

4 Lashkar militants killed, IED defused

16 March 2001
The Indian Express

Jammu: Four Lashkar militants were killed and an Army jawan injured during an encounter in Jammu Division, where security forces averted a major tragedy by timely recovery of an improvised explosive device (IED) since yesterday, a Defence spokesman said here today. He said on specific information about the presence of militants, Army troops sent its area domination patrol to Dealmarg village of Rajouri district. As they reached the village, the ultras opened fire on them. The troops retaliated and in the ensuing gunbattle, four ultras belonging to Pakistan were killed, the spokesman said adding a jawan also sustained bullet injuries and was hospitalised. Two of the militants have been identified as Jehad Khanand and Mohammed Iqbal. The recoveries from the slain militants included four AK-47 rifles along with huge quantity of ammunition and explosives, the spokesman said. In another incident, Army troops averted a major tragedy by timely detection of a powerful IED kept in an aluminum pitcher in Surankote area of Poonch district last evening. The IED was later neutralised by experts, he said.


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