June 2006 News

Militant, ex-militant killed

1 June 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent

Srinagar: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant and a former militant were killed in separate incidents of violence in the Valley since last evening. According to sources, a militant identified as Bilal Ahmed alias Usman of Pakistan owing allegiance to Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an encounter with the troops during an ambush at village Yaripora in Kulgam area of Anantnag late last night. Sources said that security forces acting on a tip off laid an ambush in Yaripora village during which a militant passed by who was intercepted and asked to surrender. However, he opened firing on the troops. In the ensuing gun battle, the militant was killed. An AK rifle, three magazines and some ammunition were recovered from the possession of slain militant. Police recovered a bullet-ridden body of a former Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Azad Ahmad Bhat, from his Muradpora village of Shopian in Pulwama district today. The deceased was abducted by unidentified gunmen suspected to be militants, and later killed. Meanwhile, two militants killed in an encounter at Karpora Pakharpora have been identified as group commander of Jaish-e- Mohammed militant outfit, Firdous Ahmad alias Rizwan, of Pakistan and his local associate Aashiq Ahmad Lone of Aglar, Pulwama. Two AK assault rifles, a pistol and six magazines were claimed recovered from the possession of slain militants. In a shocking incident in Kunzar Tangmarg today, two kids died and two others were injured, when a slab of a house under construction collapsed in Kunzer, Tangmarg on Thursday. According to sources, four kids playing inside the house, under construction, of one Abdul Ghani Sheikh of Kunzar were put in the ground when a roof slab of the house collapsed suddenly, killing two kids Umar Malik, son of Farooq Ahmed and Afroza Bano daughter of Farooq Sheikh. Two other kids identified as Babli daughter of Abdul Ahad Dar and Rubeena daughter of Abdul Hameed Dar were critically injured. They were rushed to the hospital, where condition of both the kids was stated to be critical. Meanwhile, the Valley observed a partial shutdown on Thursday in protest against Tuesday's boat accident in which 22 school children were killed. The strike, called by separatist groups, partially affected the routine life in Kashmir valley. Markets in Srinagar and major towns like Kupwara, Baramulla, Anantnag remained closed while as traffic plied normally in response to the strike call. Educational institutions in the Valley also remained closed in mourning. The attendance in Government offices, as per official sources was not affected as transport vehicles plied on almost all routes without any interruption.


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