September 2001 News

Thirteen killed in Kashmir gunbattles

24 September 2001
The Indian Express
Sheikh Mushtaq

Srinagar: Thirteen people have died in separatist violence in Kashmir in the past 24 hours, but officials say militant violence has eased as ultras head for Afghanistan to prepare for a possible US attack. Militants on Monday hurled grenades at the intelligence headquarters of a paramilitary force in the heart of Srinagar, wounding two soldiers, an official said. ''Militants fired four grenades towards the Border Security Force intelligence headquarters at Karan Nagar. One of them exploded inside the camp and wounded two soldiers,'' a paramilitary spokesman said. He added that three grenades exploded outside the intelligence complex but did not cause damage. A frontline Kashmiri militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Later on Monday a villager was killed and three soldiers were injured in another militant attack in southern Kashmir, the police said. They said security forces had shot dead nine militants in gunbattles in the strife-torn region since Sunday night. Elsewhere, unidentified militants shot dead three civilians on Monday in separate shootouts. Indian intelligence agencies reported last week the leader of Afghanistan''s ruling Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, had appealed to militants in Kashmir to come to Afghanistan to help it stand up to a likely US strike.


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