April 2004 News

Terrorists up ante in J&K, attack Cong HQ

23 April 2004
The Hindustan Times
Rashid Ahmad

Srinagar: Terrorists launched a grenade attack on the J&K Congress headquarters in Srinagar on Friday, injuring 12 persons, including four security personnel and two photojournalists. The attack came just three days ahead of polling for the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat. The first grenade was tossed at 1 p.m., which exploded inside the premises without causing damage. As the security forces reached the spot, the militants lobbed another grenade. Four SSB officers were injured. The forces retaliated and kept firing for about 15 minutes. Just five minutes after the guns fell silent, another grenade was thrown, which exploding near the central telegraph office. Two security personnel, two photojournalists and six civilians were injured this time. The security forces initially thought it was a 'fidayeen' attack. The militants could not be traced. The Al Mansoorain owned up the attack. The Kashmir Freedom Force also claimed responsibility for the first attack. In another incident, six persons were hurt when militants tossed a grenade on a National Conference campaign vehicle in Srinagar. HT photographer Farooq Javed Khan was among the injured in the third attack on the Congress office. He was hit in the leg by a grenade splinter. He returned to the site after treatment. 


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