March 2003 News

Terrorists lay siege to J&K hotel

14 March 2003
The Hindustan Times
Associated Press

Jammu: A Deputy Superintendent of Police and two security personnel were killed when terrorists opened fire from a hotel near a bus stand in the border town of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir today, official sources said here. An unspecified number of terrorists opened fire from automatic weapons from the Anand Hotel triggering a battle with security forces deployed to ensure smooth Muharram processions.DSP Manjit Singh, one police constable and one CRPF jawan were killed in the exchange of fire, which was still continuing, sources said. The terrorists lobbed grenades and two people were injured and more casualties are feared. The terrorists, who have taken an unknown number of people hostage, have locked the doors of the hotel and were firing from the windows. Army soldiers and police have cordoned off the area and have moved in mortars and other weapons around the hotel. Shopkeepers downed shutters and people ran for cover as the gunmen kept firing. A procession to mark the start this weekend of the Islamic month of Moharram, marking the beginning of the Muslim year, scattered after it came under fire from the terrorists.


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