August 2003 News

Qazi Afzal Survives Assassination Bid

9 August 2003
The Times of India

Srinagar: Ahead of Independence Day, militants intensified their activities and killed two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans and injured five others, two of them seriously, when they lobbed a powerful grenade on a security vehicle at Lal Chowk today. Militants also made an abortive bid on the life of Public Health Engineering (PHE) minister Qazi Mohommad Afzal when they fired rifle grenades towards him at Baramulla. They missed the target and exploded some meters ahead of the venue causing injuries to four persons. Elsewhere, militants killed man son duo after abducting them from Tral in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. One Pakistani militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Zakoora here. Giving details, a BSF spokesman Teerath Acharya said, militants today lobbed a powerful grenade on the BSF vehicle of 47 Battalion near Amirakadal Bridge, Lal Chowk which exploded inside the vehicle killing two men and injuring five others. One woman Dilshada was also injured in the explosion. The impact of the explosion was such that the BSF vehicle caught fire. Rescue team of BSF immediately reached the spot and carried the injured BSF men to hospital. Two jawans succumbed to their injuries in the hospital. They have been identified as Rahul Kohli and Sansar Singh of 47 BN BSF. The injured have been admitted in the hospital where the condition of two jawans was stated to be critical. Panic gripped the area after the explosion. The people ran helter-skelter for safety. Several shopkeepers left their shops open and fled to safety. Security forces immediately cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt to nab the militants. The explosion was triggered at a time when security forces have beefed-up security to ensure peaceful and incident-free independence day. In another incident, militants made an abortive bid on the life of senior Jammu and Kashmir minister at border town of Baramulla in north Kashmir. Police said the PHE minister Qazi Mohommad Afzal was inspecting a site at Baramulla this afternoon when militants fired several rifle grades towards the venue at Khwaja Bagh. These landed in the adjacent locality at Singh Bagh and exploded with a big bang. Four persons including three women were injured one of them seriously in the incident. They have been identified as Ranjeet Kour, Naseem Begum, Hameeda Bano and Tariq Ahmad of Singh Bagh Baramulla. Ranjeet Kour was shifted to SMHS hospital here as her condition is stated to be critical. Security forces immediately cordoned off the area and massive hunt has been launched to nab the militants responsible for the act. Police said militants last night abducted three persons of a family at Tral. They were tortured resulting in the death of father-son duo. They have been identified as Mohammed Akbar Gujar and his son Bashir Ahmad. Gujar's son Altaf Ahmad has been whisked away to unknown destination by the ultras. In an encounter between security forces and militants at Zakoora here one ultra identified as Mubashir Ahmad of Pakistan was killed. Security forces recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunitions from different hide-outs raided during the last 24 hours in Kashmir.


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