December 2003 News

Girl Killed, 11 Injured In Landmine Explosion

27 December 2003
The Times of India

Srinagar: A young village girl was killed and nine others were wounded when militants triggered a landmine in north Kashmir Singhpora village when army convoy was passing through. Later security forces during the cordon and search operation troops arrested two brothers that triggered protests. Details revealed that at around 1040 hours when a Srinagar bound army convey was passing through militants detonated a landmine. It was fitted in the rare of a rice husking mill owned by Ghulam Mohammed Paray. The house and the mill suffered a lot of damages. Even the neighbouring houses had their window panes damaged by the impact of the explosion. Police said apart from damaging the wall of the mill, the deafening explosion led to splinter injuries to a total of 10 civilians. Of them a 22 year old village girl Shahzada daughter of Mohammed Shafi Lone died on the spot. Of the nine injured, eight have been shifted to the SMHS hospital and one is still in the local hospital. The army movement was not affected and the troops did not react to the act. There was no damage to any vehicle of the troops. However, the Rashtriya Rifles later cordoned off the area and conducted identification parades. Reports said son of Mohammed Ramzan Parray - Ghulam Mohammed and Khurshid Ahmad were arrested. This triggered protests in the highway village. In Anantnag, reports said the militant lobbed a grenade towards the security forces bunker housing para-miliatry men from 11 Bn CRPF. It fell off the mark and landed in a ditch. There was no loss of life or property. Police said a young boy Basharat Ahmad Ahanger, a resident of Kreeri village was fiddling with an abandoned explosive device. It went off and rendered him wounded.


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