December 2001 News

Unprecedented security in J&K, several top militants held

14 December 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: A joint network of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad and al-Umar Mujahideen was smashed by security forces who arrested seven top militants of the two outfits, apparently responsible for grenade throwing and firing incidents in Srinagar for the last one year, a BSF official said on Friday. In Kashmir the security has been increased after an assault on Parliament on Thursday. The arrests were made from downtown Srinagar on Thursday and security forces recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition, Deputy Inspector General of BSF, R.S. Bhullar told reporters. There have been 65 cases of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosions, seven mines and 70 cases of grenade blasts in Kashmir Valley since the last three months. Srinagar city alone accounted for 32 grenade blast cases in different areas resulting in injuries to 88 security personnel while three civilians were killed and 97 others injured, he said. He said troops had arrested seven members of the same outfits in the second week of November. These groups were operating on the behest of Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar alias Latrum who was one of the three militants exchanged in lieu of passengers of hijacked IA plane, and Shahid bin Abdullah alias Chacha, a resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Bhullar said.


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