March 2001 News

Army officer, politician among 8 killed in Kashmir

18 March 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: An Army officer, a politician and four militants were among eight persons killed in separate incidents of violence in Kashmir during the past 24 hours, police said on Sunday. An army Lieutenant died in a landmine blast in the border town Uri, 110 km north of the state summer capital Srinagar when he stepped over the bomb planted by suspected militants, they said. The border area, which normally has a large number of troops on patrol, was cordoned off to launch a manhunt to locate the militants, but they managed to escape. In another incident, suspected militants on Saturday night killed the head of a local area of the state's ruling National Conference political party, police said. Masked militants barged into the house of Ghulam Mohammed at Balpora village in the central Budgam district and shot him dead. Security forces killed a militant, Jaffar Alam, who had apparently sneaked into India from the border across Pakistan, in a gun battle in downtown Srinagar last night, police said. Militants also shot dead a special police officer, at Khansahib in Budgam district, while a civilian was killed in an overnight exchange of fire between security forces and the militants in the same district. Elsewhere across the Kashmir valley, three militants were killed in scattered overnight violence, police said. More than 34,000 people have died in an armed insurgency in India's Kashmir over the last 12 years. (AFP)   


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