September 2005 News

13 Militants, Four Jawans Killed In J-K

30 September 2005
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Thirteen militants and four Army jawans were killed in various militancy related incidents across the Kashmir valley since Thursday evening. Army spokesman Lt Col V K Batra said four Army jawans were killed and three were injured in a fierce encounter in the Machil sector of Baramulla district last night. He said that a group of militants infiltrated into the Indian side last night and opened fire when challenged by troops. A fierce gunbattle started between the two sides in which four Armymen were killed and three others injured till the reports last came in. Two militants were also killed in the encounter. Batra said the operation was still in progress. 'The operation in the area is continuing and Army reinforcements are being rushed there,' he said. Pro-Pakistan Hizb-ul-Mujahideen today received a major jolt when two of its top commanders of Srinagar were killed on the outskirts of Srinagar city last night. The two commanders identified as Irshad Ahmed Dar, code Mohammad Ibrahim Dar and Isfaq Ahmed Rather were active in Srinagar from quite some time. Senior Superintendent of Police Munner Khan said the personnel of SOG and 2 RR signaled the two motorcycle-borne youth to stop near Lawaypora last night. The two evaded the signal and opened fire on the troops. In the brief encounter that ensued two militants - Ibrahim of Tengpora, district commander of HM, and the divisional commander of the outfit Ishfaq of Safa Kadal - were killed, he said. One AK rifle, a pistol, three grenades, two mobile phones and some ammunition was recovered from the deceased. Police said the duo were active in the Srinagar for a long time. Locals and the relatives of the slain militants, however, refute the police claim and allege that the duo were killed in fake encounter. As the news about the killing of Dar and Rather spread in the Tengpora area, residents assembled outside the Police Control Room (PCR) and shouted pro-freedom slogans. Zulfiqar, a militant of Lashker-e-Toiba, was killed in an encounter in Dalari forest of Kupwara district. Sources said that Zulfiqar was a top commander of LeT. In another encounter in Karapora in South Kashmir a commander of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen was gunned down by troops last night. Sources said that the encounter started when troops cordoned the village. The slain commander was identified as Abdul Wahid, a resident of Karachi. The defence spokesman said three militants were killed in South Kashmir's Qazigund area. The encounter took place in Larna village when troops cordoned the village. The identity of three slain militants was not established. Two militants were killed in Alipur Budgam last night. Sources said the duo whose identity could not be established were killed when they were moving in the area. Police said a militant was killed in Wachi Anantnag last night. Body of a militant was recovered from Habaluishi Qazigund in South Kashmir today. Police said the militant was killed in an inter- group clash.


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