April 2001 News

5 blasts in Kashmir: 2 dead, 65 injured

27 April 2001
The Pioneer

Srinagar: Two civilians were killed and 65 others, including 11 security men, injured in five separate explosions, triggered by militants to target the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Officials said, militants lobbed two grenades at a moving security force vehicle at the Chadoora bus stand in Badgam district. It missed the target and exploded on the road, injuring 37 pedestrians. The injured were rushed to two hospitals in Srinagar, where Ghulam Hassan Shah was declared brought dead and Ghulam Mohammad Thakar succumbed to injuries. Within half an hour, the militants struck again by throwing a grenade at a moving CRPF vehicle outside the busy Central Telegraph Office (CTO) in the heart of Srinagar. This grenade, too, missed its target and fell near a matador stand, injuring 20 persons, including five college girls, the spokesman said. In the Chadoora blasts, the injured included two policemen, whose condition was serious, hospital sources said. While the pro-Pakistan Jamait-ul-Mujahideen owned responsibility for the grenade blast outside the CTO, no militant outfit claimed responsibility for the two grenade explosions at the Chadoora bus stand. Elsewhere in the State, eight militants, including two top militants of the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba and Al-Bader outfits, were killed in separate encounters with security men.


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