October 2005 News

Hizb chief killed in Kashmir

21 October 2005
The Daily Times

Srinagar: An attack on a municipal office by two suspected militants dressed in army fatigues, and gunbattles between soldiers and militants on Friday left a local commander of Kashmir's largest militant group and five others dead, officials said.Army soldiers surrounded the Khari Forest area early Friday after receiving a tip-off that Abdul Hamid, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahedeen group, was hiding there. Hamid and a soldier were killed in the ensuing gunfight, said army spokesman Col DK Badola. The forest is in the Doda district, 180 kilometres north of Jammu. Security forces were scouring the area to flush out any other rebels, Badola said.Hours later in Sopore town in the Kashmir Valley, two suspected militants armed with assault rifles tried to sneak into the local municipal office and opened fire when guards blocked their entry, police officer Junaid Ahmad said. Four guards were wounded but the initial attack was thwarted. That led to a gunbattle between army reinforcements and the attackers. One militant and a soldier were killed in the skirmish, Ahmad said. A civilian passer-by was also wounded in the shootout. Separately, in Suribug village, about 60 kilometres south of Srinagar, paramilitary soldiers raided a militant hideout early on Friday triggering a gunbattle which killed two suspected militants, said paramilitary officer K Srinivasan. Srinivasan said that the slain guerrillas belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad. There was no way to independently confirm their identity.


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