September 2003 News

Jaish backlash: BSF camp hit

2 September 2003
The Hindustan Times
Arun Joshi and Rashid Ahmed

Jammu/Srinagar: Two days after top Jaish-e-Mohammed militant Ghazi Baba was taken out by the BSF, terrorists hit back with a vengeance, signalling that they were back in strength in J&K.Police sources said the spurt in attacks seemed to be reprisals by militants for the killing of Ghazi Baba.The militants started the day with a pre-dawn suicide attack on a BSF camp in Nishat near Srinagar. Hurling grenades and firing from automatic weapons, two militants in fatigues attacked the sentry post of 57 Battalion.While the sentries killed one militant outside the gate, the other escaped under the cover of darkness.Around the same time, militants attacked an army convoy by blowing up a culvert near Lower Munda on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.A bus carrying soldiers took the brunt of the explosion, which killed the driver and injured eight soldiers. Several civilians were also injured and traffic was disrupted for over six hours.BSF Inspector General Vijay Raman said the incidents were part of the revenge attacks that the Jaish has vowed. 'After all they have to show that they can strike even after the death of their icon in Kashmir,' he told HT. He expected more attacks.The violence also spilled over to the Jammu region where a group of militants was engaged in a fierce encounter with security forces in the Rajbagh area. Latest reports said the army had taken control and was about to take out the militants.In Surankote in Poonch last night, five militants including the 'district commander' of the Al-Badr, Bombar Khan, and two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants, Khalid and Wahid Abrar were killed in an encounter. One police constable Shakeel Ahmad lost his life, while three others were wounded.


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