December 2002 News

6 LeT ultras killed in Kashmir

6 December 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Six militants belonging to pro-Pakistan Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit were gunned down in an encounter with security forces at Kreeri while a civilian was killed and two others injured when army opened fire on stone-pelting protestors at Bagdora in north Kashmir Baramulla district, official sources said. Based on a tip off last evening, security forces laid an ambush to a hideout at Danmoh-Kreeri in Pattan area of the district where six militants were hiding, the sources said. The security forces challenged the militants who opened indiscriminate fire upon them, leading to an hour-long fierce gunbattle in which the six ultras were killed, they said. The sources said four of the militants were foreign mercenaries while the remaining two were locals. Six AK assualt rifles, two pistols and two Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL) were recovered from the site of encounter, the sources said adding that there was no collateral damage, either on security forces or the civilians. In another incident at Bagdora village of Sopur town, three persons were injured when Army opened fire on stone-pelting protestors to disperse them, the sources said. One of the injured, Mohammad Sultan Malik, succumbed at a hospital here while the condition of other two - Mohammad Sameer Malik and Mohammad Yusuf Ganai — was stated to be critical, the sources said. According to a defence spokesman, a militant hideout was busted yesterday alogwith some recoveries at Bagdora. Today, some anti-national elements provoked the villagers and forced them to block the road near Chhur. One tried to snatch the weapon from a soldier and in the ensuing scuffle, the weapon went off, he added. Meanwhile, an official spokesman said a security jawan was injured when militants fired upon a patrol party at Magam in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. On a tip off, security forces raided a hideout of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant in the forest area of village Laribal Shakargah in Pulwama district, he said. The militants opened fire upon the security forces which was retaliated. During the exchange of fire the militants managed to escape, the spokesman said. One wireless set, one binocular, three quintal of ration, two gas cylinders one gas stove, some religious books and incriminating documents were recovered during the search of the hideout, he added.


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