Omar survives yet another attack
23 June 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Militants reportedly made yet another attempt on the life of Union Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday, however he escaped the attempt. Police sources said the militants fired three grenades at the helicopter and the place where the chopper was scheduled to land on Saturday afternoon. The security men on ground refused landing permission to the Minister and his chopper flew back to Srinagar. Abdullah was visiting the area to address a public meeting. When contacted, Abdullah said that, 'some militant groups were hell bent on derailing the peace process initiated by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the recent attack seems to be a part of this strategy." This is the second attack on the life of Abdullah in the last three weeks. Earlier, militants made an abortive bid on his life in downtown Srinagar when he had inaugurated a computer centre in a local college.