March 2001 News

13 killed, IED destroys house in JK

25 March 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Thirteen people, including a foreign mercenary and two policeman, were killed as a powerful blast destroyed a residential house in Jammu and Kashmir since last night, official sources said today. Two militants and two members of a family were killed and their house completely destroyed when a powerful improvised explosive device (IED), being prepared by the militants, exploded due to mishandling at village Safapora in Baramulla district last night, an official spokesman said. Army and Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel, who immediately reached the site, also recovered an AK assault rifle, two pistols, five kgs of explosives and some ammunition from the debris of the house, he added. A foreign mercenary, belonging to the Muslim Jaanbaz Force (MJF) was killed in an encounter with army troops in Dewather-Singhpura area in Doda district. An AK rifle, 60 rounds, three magazines and a wireless were recovered from the slain militant, he said. The body of a surrendered militant, Firdous Ahmad Bhat was recovered from Doonikhud area of Dalgate in the heart of Srinagar today, the spokesman said adding Bhat, a resident of Muchwara, had surrendered in 1996. Another surrendered militant, Nazir Ahmad, was killed by militants at Sursyar in Badgam district. Police recovered five bullet-riddled bodies late last night including that of a policeman and two middle-aged man from river Chenab near chill area in Doda district, of a teenaged girl from Surankote in Poonch district and that of a youth, who had been missing for last four days, from Kralikhud area of Srinagar, he said. Militants killed a woman in her house in village Pamhead in Poonch late last night, he added.


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