Six militants killed, 11 kgs RDX seized in Kashmir
6 September 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Security forces shot dead six militants in separate encounters and arrested three others along with 11 kgs of RDX in Kashmir, where militants abducted a former ultra and triggered a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) since Wednesday night, officials said. Two unidentified militants were killed in an on going operation at Badji- Halan near Damhal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on Thursday, sources said. The operation was launched by security forces early on Thursday to flush out militants hiding in the area. However, they ignored warnings and instead resorted to heavy firing, they said. House-to-house searches were still continuing in the area. Two more militants were killed by security forces in an encounter during search operations at Haka-Pathar Bahik in Kalaroos area of Kupwara district on Wednesday night. A rifle, four grenades and some ammunition were recovered from them, the sources said. Two other militants were gunned down during combing operations at Batergam and Charkote forests in the same district early on Thursday. The sources said army arrested two militants along with nine kgs of RDX and four grenades from Arizal area of Badgam district in central Kashmir last evening. Another militant fell into the dragnet of the troops at Kandi in Kupwara. He led the troops to a hideout from where two kgs of RDX, two detonators and two AK magazines with 60 rounds were seized, they said. The sources said a former chief commander of Jehad Force, Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, was abducted by militants from his house in Bandipora area of Baramulla district late on Wednesday night. Police had launched a man-hunt to rescue Sheikh, who had shunned the path of violence after his release from jail last year, they said. Militants triggered a powerful IED at Chursoo-Awantipora on Srinagar- Jammu National Highway on Wednesday night, causing damage to four houses. No one was injured in the explosion, which created a large crater on the road, the sources said.