July 2004 News

Woman cop, 2 militants killed

23 July 2004
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Two Pakistani militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and a female Follower have been killed in separate incidents of violence in Kashmir valley since last evening. Informed sources said that unidentified gunmen, suspected to be militants, appeared at the residence of a released militant Mohammad Ashraf Dar at Arihal village on Pulwama-Shopian road at 2300 hours last night. They called out Dar’s wife Haseena and shot her dead. Sources said that Haseena had been working as Follower in District Police Lines Pulwama. She had been granted compassionate appointment after militants had killed her father—who was a Constable—about 14 years ago. However, officials suspect some other foul play as, according to them, Haseena’s husband (a released militant) would have been the first target of the militants. Sources said that troops of 10 Para had laid an ambush in Gund-e-Jehangir forest area in Lolab valley of Kupwara district last night. Two militants fell in the trap and both of them were killed in a brief gunbattle. They were identified as Abu Asif Shehzad and Abu Masood. Official sources claimed that both the militants were Pakistani cadres of Lashkar-e-Toiba. Two AK-56 rifles and a quantity of assorted ammunition was recovered from the site of the encounter. Sources said that Police personnel on duty got suspicious about the movement of a Burqa-clad human being at Gund-e-Machhar outside Sogam village in Lolab valley this evening. They challenged the Burqa-clad person and asked him to halt. Instead, he lifted his Burqa and opened AK-56 gunfire. Police retaliated but the militant dopped his veil and ran away through maize fields. Police were observing the movement of every single individual as a number of senior National Conference leaders were expected to attend the death anniversary function of the former Minister Ghulam Nabi Wani Sogami. Former Minister and Lok Sabha member Ali Mohammad Naik, political secretary to the NC president, Nasir Sogami, and others of the party addressed the gathering of remembrance after performing afternoon prayers with a gathering of 2,500 men at Jamia Masjid of Sogam. A many senior leaders of the party avoided attendance in view of security considerations. Sources said that an IED, believed to have been planted by militants in a pressure cooker, went off at Zandwan, near Kandoora, on Beerwah-Arizal road today. A vehicle of security forces suffered damage in the blast and two persons sustained minor injuries. Sources said that a minor girl, Jameela, resident of Chitti Banday, Bandipore, sustained injuries during a gunbattle between militants and security forces at Kanzandoori Behak on Thursday.    


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