December 2004 News

10 Armymen Killed In J-K Blast

4 December 2004
The Times of India

Srinagar: In the second major strike this week, militants triggered an IED blast blowing up an army patrol vehicle killing 10 soldiers, including a Major, a Special Police Officer and a civilian in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir late last night. The troops were returning to their camp in a hired vehicle after a counter- insurgency operation when the ultras detonated the Improvised Explosive Device at Naina-Batapora, 40 kms from here, DIG (South Kashmir) Ravinder Kotwal said. Militants had planted the IED in an underground pipe, he said. The killed included Major Lalit, SPO Imitiaz Ahamed and driver of the vehicle. Pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the blast. An outfit's spokesman told news organisations here that its activists carried out the attack inflicting casualties on the army. He claimed the militants escaped after taking away six AK assault rifles, a light machine gun and three wireless sets of slain army personnel. The DIG said a search party was sent to locate the troops after they did not turn up at the camp from a counter-insurgency operation in Khanabal area in Anantnag district. On Thursday night, ultras carried out a suicide attack on a Special Operations Group camp in Sopore killing five CRPF jawans. Both the attackers were killed after a 30-hour gunbattle with security forces.


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