July 2001 News

34 killed in J&K violence, Army camps attacked

16 July 2001
The Pioneer

Srinagar: Thirty-four people were killed across Jammu and Kashmir even as Indian and Pakistani officials worked through the night at Agra on a draft declaration seeking, among other things, to bring about peace in the insurgency-hit State. The Border Security Force (bsf), meanwhile, said it had unearthed a militant plan to target the Civil Secretariat, bsf camps and the minorities in the Valley on Monday, coinciding with the visit of Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf. Official said 34 deaths occurred due to militancy-related violence at shahlal magam, zachaldar, bodh nambal, manigah, hyhama, janbazpora, larnoo kulgam, achabal, bijbehara and ramban. In another incident, 17 fencing poles were damaged and one bsf jawan was injured in a powerful blast on the indo-Pak border in akhnoor sector of jammu Sunday night. Militants on Monday attacked two army camps killing five soldiers and injuring 13 others in the Valley, where bsf foiled an attempt by ultras to target amarnath pilgrims. Elsewhere in the Valley, 22 militants were among 29 people killed in intensified anti- militant operations since Sunday night, official sources said. In a major suicide attack, Lashakar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants stormed an army camp at magam in kupwara district killing five soldiers and injuring eight. Defence sources said militants equipped with sophisticated weapons exploded grenades and opened fire on the troops housed in the camp resulting in the casualties. The troops fired back and laid a cordon around the area to nab the militants who escaped. The LeT claimed responsibility for the attack saying one of its activists abu hamzah was involved in the attack. "the Fidayeen (suicidal squad member) returned to his hideout after inflicting heavily casualties on the Army," an LeT spokesman said in a statement. Minutes later, unidentified militants struck another Army installation and opened indiscriminate fire at zachaldara, also in kupwara, injuring five soldiers. The sources said troops reacted swiftly and launched an operation which resulted in the killing of unidentified militants. Meanwhile, bsf on Monday foiled an attempt by militants to attack amarnath pilgrims with the arrest of two harkat- ul-Ansar ultras, a senior bsf official said. In another incident, two militants had planned to carry out a scooter bomb attack on the Civil Secretariat and storm security installations including bsf headquarters, coinciding with the conclusion of the summit in Agra, Deputy inspector general of bsf b n kabu told reporters. The attack on the two army installations comes close on the heels of a major offensive launched by the army and security forces against militants in the state during the last few days which resulted in heavy casualties on the side of the militants. In a single operation, 20 militants were killed in Poonch district Sunday night. A defence spokesman said seven militants, mostly foreigners, were killed in two gunbattles with Army search parties in the frontier district of Kupwara early on Monday.


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