March 2005 News

Militants Attack CRPF Camp, Bomb Minister's House

31 March 2005

Srinagar: In stepped up offensives ahead of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service on April 7, militants carried out a grenade attack on a security camp, bombed the house of a Jammu and Kashmir minister and gunned down one person in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said today. Five CRPF personnel were injured when militants hurled a grenade on their post at Khanyar police station in downtown Srinagar at around 1000 hrs today, the sources said. They said the grenade explosion caused splinter injuries to the jawans who have been shifted to a hospital. Their condition was stated to be stable. al Mansoorian, a shadow group of the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba claimed responsibility for the attack. Militants also bombed the ancestral house of state Agriculture Minister and senior PDP leader Abdul Aziz Zargar at Manzgam in Anantnag early today. Some explosives were planted in the vacant house of Zargar by militants and then detonated, causing extensive damage to the house. There were no casualties, the sources said. Zargar had shifted his family to a government accommodation here and was currently residing at Jammu. In another strike, militants gunned down the driver of a mini- bus, Mushtaq Ahmad, and wounded the conductor, Javid Ahmad Dar, at Jehangir Chowk here last night. Dar sustained a bullet injury in his shoulder and was shifted to hospital, they said. Ahmad was suspected by the militants to be an informer, the sources added.


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