Eleven, including five securitymen, killed in J&K
6 August 2004
The Hindustan Times
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Eleven people, including five security personnel and an equal number of terrorists, were killed in separate incidents as violence continued in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Independence Day. Army troops on Friday surrounded Goripora village on the city outskirts and mounted a massive search operation to flush out separatist terrorists. As the troops began house-to-house searches, terrorists hiding in the homes of villagers hurled grenades and opened heavy fire from automatic weapons. 'Three soldiers died in the heavy firing. We rushed fresh reinforcements and the cordon around the village was tightened. Troops engaged the hiding terrorists in a fierce encounter, which continued till late Friday night,' a police officer said on telephone. He said one woman died in the shooting. 'We later searched the area and recovered the bodies of three terrorists. Three houses were destroyed during the fighting.' Late Friday evening, the Army and special operations group (SOG) of the state police encircled Konabal village in the south Kashmir district of Pulwama. During search operations, terrorists hurled grenades and opened fire on the raiding party, killing two members of the SOG. Two were wounded, police said. 'So far two terrorists have been killed and intermittent firing is continuing between the holed up terrorists and the surrounding troops,' a police officer said. The authorities have mounted security in the entire valley ahead of Independence Day Aug 14. Vehicles entering the capital city are being checked and passers-by frisked on highways. On Wednesday, a lone terrorist killed nine paramilitary troopers during a suicide raid on a camp of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the posh Rajbagh area. Troops had to storm the camp to neutralise the attacker.