September 2001 News

3 schoolchildren killed in Kashmir landmine blast

4 September 2001
The Asian Age

Srinagar: A landmine exploded near a school at Jamaipora in northern Kashmir on Tuesday, killing three children and injuring around five others, the police said.The children of the Gousia Middle School were playing on a river bank near the school in Baramulla district, 54 km north of Srinagar, when a landmine planted by militants exploded. Three children died instantly. The injured were admitted to hospital, where the condition of two of them was stated to be critical. Senior police and civil officials have rushed to the spot. Meanwhile, the Army on Tuesday described the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir as “alarming” and traced this high tension situation to the incessant firing by Pakistan, increasing day by day. This was disclosed by Lt.-Gen. J. B.S. Yadav at a press conference at the Nagrota headquarters of 16 Corps, which he heads as its commander. He said that Pakistan has raised the level of firing manifold. It started with machinegun fire and escalated to mortar shelling. “Now, we expect that Pakistan would take it to the level of artillery shelling.” Gen. Yadav conceded that it was baffling for the Indian commanders to figure out as to what Pakistan’s motive could be. Pakistan, he said, has also attempted greater infiltration from across the border. He said Pakistan was “pushing more militants from across. Pakistan is also sending its regular soldiers, who were laying landmines in our forward areas.” In Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu on Tuesday, the Army killed 12 militants in three separate encounters. The Army sources said that five of them were killed in Huranthal, a mountainous area overlooking Suran Nullah in the Surankote area of Poonch. The five militants were on the move when the troops intercepted them early on Tuesday morning and killed all of them. They said that the militants belonged to the Harkat-ul Mujahideen group and one of the militants killed in this operation was responsible for the massacre of two priests at a village in Surankote.


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