December 2001 News

Nine killed, 30 hurt in J&K ambush

8 December 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Nine people, two of them security personnel and two militants were killed and 30 others injured, when militants ambushed an army convoy in old Baramullah town on Saturday. In Srinagar, security forces seized a large cache of weapons, including 170 kgs of RDX and arrested eight militants on Friday night.In the Fidayeen attack of Baramullah, two militants opened heavy fire and lobbed grenades on the Army convoy at Azadgunj chowk at about 11.30 a.m., triggering a fierce encounter.Both militants were killed by Border Security Force personnel, but before that they engaged the Army in a fierce encounter, killing a jawan and injuring seven others.Five pedestrians died and eighteen civilians were critically injured in the crossfire. Enraged by the death of the jawans, the armymen had opened indiscriminate firing along the nine-km strip on the Baramullah- Srinagar road, said the locals.A defence spokesman, however, denied the allegations.


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