24 Militants Surrender In Kashmir
17 July 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: Twenty four militants surrendered to troops here on Thursday, an army spokesman said. This is the first time such a large number of militants surrendered since India and Pakistan began improving ties in April. 'Considering the yearning of the local population and with the help of the security forces, 24 of the strayed youths from north Kashmir decided to shun terrorism to return their home and hearth,' an army statement said. The militants laid down their arms in an army camp on outskirts at Shiefabad in Srinagar. According to police, security forces killed three foreign militants in a night long operation in Baramulla district. The militants were holed up in a house in the Rafiabad area. A large cache of arms and ammunition, including three AK rifles, were recovered from the slain militants. In another incident, a person was killed and his son were seriously wounded when militants entered his house at Beerwah in Budgam district on Wednesday night and fired on the family from automatic weapons, police said. Security forces gunned down a militant at Gujjar Patti in the frontier district of Kupwara on Wednesday night during a search operation, police said.