November 2001 News

Militants attack Gani Lone''s house

1 November 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Suspected Islamic militants attacked the residence of a Kashmiri separatist leader overnight, while one person was killed and 14 others injured in separate grenade attacks in Kashmir, police said on Friday. Abdul Gani Lone, a senior member of the All Party Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference - an amalgam of two dozen groups - and his family were fired at with assault rifles at about 9.30 pm (1600 GMT) on Thursday. Police guards posted at Lone''s residence returned the fire and the gunmen fled the area, a police spokesman said.No one was injured in the attack, he added.The firing lasted 15 minutes, sparking panic among the people of Rawalpora, on the outskirts of Srinagar, the spokesman said.In another incident on Thursday, a civilian was killed and six injured in a grenade attack at Kunzer, 30 kilometres north-west of Srinagar, the spokesman said.Seven people were injured when suspected militants tossed a grenade at an army patrol, which exploded near a shop.One person died while being taken to Srinagar for treatment.''The condition of three of the injured is serious,'' the spokesman said.Two policemen and six civilians were injured in a similar explosion earlier on Thursday in Srinagar, he added.


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