December 2005 News

Security Camp Attacked, 3 Soldiers Hurt

3 December 2005
The Tribune

Srinagar: A top commander of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) was among three militants killed while timely action by the police saved the lives of five Village Defence Committee (VDC) members who had been abducted in Jammu and Kashmir overnight. Militants also attacked a security force camp, injuring three soldiers and also made an unsuccessful attempt to kidnap an advocate in the valley, official sources said. An official spokesman said security forces killed a self-styled launching chief of LeT at Machoo in the central Kashmir district of Badgam late last night. The militant was responsible for recruiting boys and sending them for arms training. One pistol, one magazine, two hand grenades and two rounds of ammunition were seized from the slain militant identified as Abdul Rehman, a resident of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Official sources said militants attacked a security force camp at Yaribal Banipora in north Kashmir district of Baramulla with automatic weapons. The fire was returned and in the fierce clash which lasted for about 20 minutes, three soldiers were wounded. The militants, however, managed to escape. A defence spokesman said security forces killed a foreign militant Abu Umar of LeT in an encounter at Sopore in north Kashmir last night while another militant was gunned down at Sangrampora. Two AK rifles and other arms and ammunition were seized from the slain militants.


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