6 Armymen die in Udhampur blast
9 September 2001
Jammu: Six Army personnel were killed when Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants set off an IED blast, ambushing a vehicle in a convoy in Udhampur district of Jammu region on Sunday, police said. A defence spokesman, however, put the death toll at five, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO). The spokesman said two simultaneous blasts tossed off a 2.5-tonne vehicle in the rear of the convoy into a deep gorge at Angarala at 10 am. Army personnel in the other vehicles launched a search operation to nab the militants but could trace none. A Hizbul spokesman in Islamabad said its militants carried out the attack. In a separate incident, a Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was killed when security forces returned fire after a group of ultras attacked an Army post at Warnav in Kupwara district on Sunday, an Army spokesman said. A jawan was also killed and an officer, Major Bushan Mahta, was injured in the gunfight. Two ultras and a jawan were killed in an encounter at Kraligund in Kupwara. A house was completely damaged in the gun-battle which broke out when the troops laid a siege around the village to flush out hiding militants, he said. Security forces shot dead two foreign mercenaries during search operations at Ishkote in Badgam district, while an unidentified militant fell to the bullets of the security forces at Bondari forest in Kupwara on Saturday night, he said. Body of an eight-year-old girl was recovered from a house damaged in an encounter between ultras and security forces at Arampora on Sopore-Kupwara Road on Saturday night, the spokesman said. The encounter broke out when a group of militants ambushed an Army convoy in the area injuring seven soldiers on Saturday afternoon. The ultras escaped. A civilian was killed in a shootout between militants and security forces at Natigarh in Kupwara.