Attack on J&K police station foiled, militant killed
26 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: The security forces on Friday morning foiled a bid by two fidayeen militants belonging to banned Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit to storm the Chadoora police station in central Kashmir, killing one of them in the process. However, the other managed to escape. Three security personnel were also injured in the exchange of fire between the militants and the security forces. The two militants wearing police uniform tried to sneak into the police station at Chadoora in Budgam district around 5 a.m. But the alert sentry at the gate challenged the militants who, in turn, opened fire on the guard and even hurled hand grenades, according to BSF DIG, R.S. Bhullar. During the ensuing battle between the BSF and CRPF personnel on the one hand and the militants on the other, one of the militants managed to enter the bathroom of the police station while the other escaped. Reinforcement that rushed to the site then blew up a portion of the bathroom killing the holed-up militant. The slain militant was identified as foreign national. Two CRPF men and a BSF jawan sustained minor injuries in the exchange of fire. They were shifted to hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, BSF men gunned down one Jaish-e-Mohammad militant at Balgarden in the Civil Lines area here on Thursday night when two-three heavily armed militants were seen moving in the area. The others escaped under cover of darkness, a BSF spokesman said. This is for the first time that Jaish-e-Mohammad militants of foreign origin have been seen in the heart of Srinagar city, a senior police officer, adding that the militants were reportedly on a suicide attack mission. A large cache of arms and ammunition was recovered after the incident. It included one UBGL, eight rifle grenades, one pistol with magazine, 22 pistol rounds, two hand grenades, one wireless set and a wire- cutter. The slain militant was also carrying two fake BJP identity cards on his person, the police said. In another incident, militants hurled a hand grenade at a BSF vehicle on Maulana Azad Road here. However, the grenade missed the target and exploded on the road injuring four persons, including two women, according to the police.