Three Afghan militants killed in Sopore clash
20 March 2001
The Times of India
The Times of India News Service
SRINAGAR: At least three foreign militants were killed during an encounter with the Army at Watrigam in Sopore in north Kashmir on Tuesday even as normal life was paralysed in the Valley due to a bandh call given by the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits over the alleged police assault on senior Jamiat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. A defence spokesman said three Afghan militants fired upon a patrol party of the Rashtriya Rifles at Watrigam, 56 km from here, in north Kashmir in the early hours of Tuesday morning. All three militants were killed in retaliation and identified as Abu Lugar, Abu Hanzia and Abu Harif. All the militants belonged to Afghanistan, the spokesman added. Life remained paralysed on Tuesday here due to the strike call given by the Lashkar and Hizb outfits over what they called the alleged assault on Geelani by the police near his residence recently. All government offices, schools and banks remained closed. The bandh was total in other districts of the Valley too, reports said.