April 2001 News

NC leader escapes attack; 5 militants killed in J&K

25 April 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Unidentified militants on Wednesday made an abortive bid on the life of a ruling National Conference leader, Abdul Rashid Khanday, lobbing grenades at his residence in Begam village under Anantnag district, official sources said. However, Khanday, who was present inside the house at the time of attack, escaped unhurt. The militants were armed with sophisticated weapons. They lobbed grenades and opened fire which the security forces on guard returned effectively foiling their 'nefarious designs', sources said adding that no one was injured in the shootout. The security forces also detected a powerful improvised explosive device (IED), planted by militants, near Gambora bridge in Badgam district on Tuesday. The IED was later neutralized by experts. Meanwhile, police apprehended a militant Mohammand Muzaffar Wani of pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen and recovered a pistol and some ammunition from him at his village at Shaltang on Wednesday. In other incidents, the security forces shot dead seven ultras, including five foreign mercenaries, in Doda and Poonch districts on Wednesday, a defence spokesman said. Of the foreign mercenaries, two belonging to Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit - identified as Idrees and Asgar - were gunned down in Anihal village of Doda, he said adding some arms and explosives were recovered from them. Two other militants - identified as Mohammad Rafiq and Safdar Ali - were shot dead in an encounter in Fagu-Duligam village of the same district. The recoveries from the site included two AK rifles and a huge cache of explosives, police said. Reports from Poonch district said that Army shot dead three foreign mercenaries in a retaliatory action.(PTI)   


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