Top Jaish Militant Among Four Killed, RDX Seized
21 November 2005
Srinagar: A top commander of the Pakistan-based Jaishe-e- Mohammad (JeM) was among four persons killed, while security forces recovered arms and ammunition, including RDX, in Jammu and Kashmir overnight. An official spokesman said the Jammu and Kashmir Police on a specific information, cordoned off the posh Jawahar Nagar area of the city late last night. However, when the police personnel were about to storm a particular vacant house, they came under heavy fire from militants hiding inside. The fire was returned and in the fierce clash, a JeM commander Sajid, alias Saifullah, a resident of Pakistan, was killed. Two police personnel were also injured in the encounter, he said adding that an AK rifle, two magazines and 15 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the slain commander. He said a blast took place in the shop at Purkhoo under the Domana police station, resulting in on-the-spot death of two persons and injuries to another. The injured later died on way to hospital. Militants shot at and wounded a girl Masooda Akhtar at Shanoo Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara. She was hospitalised. Security forces, during a search operation at Bhela village recovered 3 kg of RDX, 3 UBGL grenades and one pouch last night. However, no one was arrested. Militants hurled a hand grenade towards a security force vehicle at Batmaloo this afternoon at 1345 hours. However, the grenade missed the intended target and exploded without causing any damage, they said, adding that security forces in the nearby bunkers fired some shots in the air after the blast. A large number of people present in the bus stand ran for safety. A spokesman of the Pakistan-based JeM spokesman told local mediapersons that a militant of the outfit threw a hand grenade inside a security force vehicle. He claimed that the vehicle was totally damaged and 10 security personnel were killed and five others were wounded in the blast.