Seven Killed In Encounters; 28 Hurt In J-K Blasts
25 April 2006
The Times of India
Srinagar: Four hardcore militants and two policemen were among seven persons killed in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir, where two powerful blasts left 28 people including 12 students injured on Tuesday. While 20 people, including 12 schoolchildren, were injured when ultras hurled a grenade on a security patrol at the crowded Tral bus stand in Pulwama district, eight passengers were injured when militants blew up a private jeep using a landmine in Lolab area of Kupwara district, an official spokesman said. The condition of four of the injured in the Tral blast was stated to be serious. They have been shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment. Militants attacked a guard post at the residence of LJP leader Shashi Kumar Kesri at Arbor-Pindora in Doda district early today killing two Special Police Officers - Rishi Kumar and Davinder Kumar, both residents of Bhaderwah. The ultras also took away an AK rifle and three magazines from the deceased before fleeing, the spokesman said. A self-styled group commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Kamar Din was killed in an encounter with security forces in Udhampur district and another top Hizbul militant, self-styled tehsil commander Maqbool Hussain, was killed in Doda district, he said. While a self- styled Deputy District commander of Jaish-e- Mohammad Abdullah Gauri was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Baramulla district yesterday, the body of another Hizb militant, Rehmatullah, was recovered by police from Doda district, the spokesman said. Militants shot dead a shopkeeper Manzar Ilahi in Shopian area of Pulwama district last night, he said.