April 2003 News

Bloody Day In Kashmir

22 April 2003
The Times of India

Srinagar: Twenty-six people, including 18 militants, were killed as a fresh surge of violence rocked the Valley on Tuesday, just days after Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee signalled a new peace initiative. Twenty-three others were injured in the latest violence that comes a day after the Centre's interlocutor N N Vohra reached Srinagar to hold talks with leaders here. Seventeen militants were killed in separate encounters in Poonch and Rajouri districts, said a defence spokesman. 'Thirteen Pakistani militants were killed in a hideout at the Hill Kaka area of Surankote in Poonch. The encounter is still going on and the area has been cordoned off,' said the spokesman. Four militants, belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), were killed in another hideout, 130 km northwest of Jammu in Kalakote. A security personnel also died in the fighting. Another militant was killed in the south Kashmir district of Anantnag. As many as 32 militants have been killed in the last 72 hours in stepped-up anti-militancy operations in the area. Ten militants were killed on Sunday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balnoi, Poonch, said sources. Six persons were killed in an IED blast in a cattle-milking yard in Gulshanpora Batagund village, near Tral, 40 km south of Srinagar. The IED was intended to hit security personnel patrolling the area, but ended up exploding on a group of civilians. Eleven people were injured in the blast, seven of whom were in critical condition. Meanwhile, nine Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were injured when their vehicle hit a landmine near Qazigund, 75 km south of Srinagar, a BSF spokesman said. In another incident, a policeman was killed and another injured when militants attacked their camp with assault rifles and grenades in Zainapora village in Pulwama.


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