August 2005 News

Indiscriminate use of explosives

28 August 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: Even as police and security forces recovered a record 2155 kg explosives within three months, militants in the State have resorted to indiscriminate use of explosives to cause maximum damage to the security personnel, official sources said today. As many as 27 security personnel including 17 armymen were killed and 35 others injured in three car bomb and 16 IED explosions carried out by militants since June this year, the sources said. They said 11 civilians also lost their lives and 74 others wounded in the blasts within three months from June 13. The sources said 1500 militants active in Kashmir, 43 per cent of whom are foreigners, have resorted to use of explosives to harm the security forces avoiding open gunbattles in which ultras suffer maximum casualties. The changed strategy adopted by militants was to get less exposed and cause harm to the security forces. However, it has backfired as people have raised voice against car bomb and IED explosions in the densely populated areas, the sources said. To scuttle ultras attempts to carry out IED explosions, the security forces and police have intensified searches yielding 2155 kg of explosives from hideouts during the last three months. In June, when militants resorted to car bomb blasts, 31 kg of explosives were seized, followed by 159 kg in July and 1965 kg in this month, the sources said, adding 2155 kg of explosives were seized in first eight months of the year. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the recovery of over seven quintals of assorted explosives from the basement of a building in Anantnag district yesterday, the sources said. The owners of the building, Mohammad Sidiq Najar and his brother Iftikhar Hussain Najar, were arrested within hours of the recovery of explosives, the sources said, adding offices of Syed Ali Shah Geelani led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Azam Inquilabi led Mahaz-e-Azadi and Shabir Ahmad Shah led J and K Democratic Freedom Party were in the building. It was the second major recovery of explosives in Anantnag town within 24 hours. On Friday, 428 kg of explosives and material used in preparation of IEDs was recovered in a joint operation by army and police. The recovery was made just three days after seizure of 1300 kg of explosives from a private transport company in the city, the sources said, adding the explosives seized in Anantnag included 68 kg of aluminium powder, 688 kg of sulphuric powder and 50 kg of black RDX. A senior police officer in Anantnag said that explosives recovered were enough to destroy the whole town adding offices of separatist outfits being in the building was just a coincidence. (PTI)


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