Seven Killed As Gunmen Attack Administrative HQ In Srinagar
24 February 2005
The News International
Srinagar: Two militants were killed after attacking Kashmir's administrative headquarters late on Thursday, ending a bloody siege, which trapped 250 people and saw the deaths of five others. 'Both of the militants who had stormed the complex have been shot dead,' said Border Security Force (BSF) spokesman Neeraj Kumar. 'The firing has ended but the operation is not yet over,' he told AFP, adding that security forces were searching the complex to ensure there were no other militants. K Srinivasan, deputy inspector general of the BSF who headed the operation, said that three policemen and two civilians had also been killed in the gunfire. The militants attacked in the afternoon, firing on security force personnel from positions inside the complex. The raid occurred while Srinagar's top administrator Shalender Kumar was in a meeting with two senior security force officers. All three were brought out safely, but some 250 government workers and members of the public trapped inside the multi-building complex had to wait for armoured military trucks to take them out, amid the rattle of heavy gunfire, officials said. In other violence, Indian troops shot dead six militants in separate encounters, while three paramilitary troops and 10 civilians were injured in two grenade attacks.