Panic in Srinagar after militants trigger series of blasts
1 September 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Panic gripped Habbak on the outskirts of Srinagar on Saturday after militants triggered a series of IED blasts on Srinagar-Ganderbal road within a span of 80 minutes, but there were no casualties, officials said. Pakistan-based militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad was suspected to have detonated the series of explosions, they said. The first blast occured at 1120 hours when a security vehicle was passing by. A series of blasts then followed at 1210 hours, 1220 hours, 1235 hours and 1240 hours causing panic among the residents and forcing them to rush indoors. Meanwhile, militants killed a newly-elected sarpanch, a former militant and a contractor in the valley since Friday night, officials said. Wali-ul-Rehman, newly-elected sarpanch of Nadihal- Bandipora in Baramulla district, was shot dead by militants in his house on Friday night, officials said. In Dooniwar-Kupwara in the frontier district of north Kashmir, ultras shot dead a former militant in his house last night. A contractor, Maqbool Mir, was also gunned down at Kulgam in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.