Kashmir gunbattle: Five militants, two army men killed
14 June 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: A massive encounter between the security forces and heavily armed militants is going on at Kandi in Kupwara on Thursday morning. Meanwhile the Special Operation Group (SOG) has averted a major tragedy when it detected an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) fitted in an auto-riksha near civil secretariat in Kashmir. So far five militants and two army jawans were killed in the gunfight, sources said. The police authorities in Kupwara confirmed the incident and said two of the killed militants are Kandi residents. The dead militants were belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group. They said when Army's 10 Madras Unit and Special Operation Group of Police laid a cordon in the area on Thursday morning, they came under heavy fire from the hiding ultras and in the ensuing encounter five militants and two security personnel were killed. Sources said around a dozen militants are holed up in the village. However, unconfirmed reports said one Army Officer was also killed in the encounter. Reinforcement troops have been sent to the village and the area is cordoned off to flush out the holed up militants who, as per sources, are giving stiff resistance to the troops. In Srinagar, the Special Operation Group of Police detected an IED laden auto, parked close to the compound walling of civil secretariat, the highest civil installation in the state which houses the office of Chief Minister and his Cabinet. Police said the two Tin boxes carrying explosives and fitted with detonators were concealed in the auto-riksha. Police seized the auto and the driver was arrested.