July 2006 News

Hizbul Mujaheedin behind Kulgam blast: police

9 July 2006
Indo-Asian News Service

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police Sunday said rebel group Hizbul Mujaheedin carried out the powerful grenade explosion Saturday that killed five people, including a former legislator, and injuring 50 others at Kulgam.Guerrillas had attacked Sakina Ittoo, former state tourism minister and senior leader of the regional National Conference (NC), with a powerful grenade as she was leaving a shrine in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.Ittoo escaped with minor injuries while a former legislator Ghulam Nabi Dar and four others were killed and 50 wounded in the explosion.'We have identified the militants responsible for the attack. It is the handiwork of Hizbul Mujaheedin,' said S.M. Sahai, inspector general of police (Kashmir zone).'The attack was planned by a wanted Hizbul Mujaheedin militant Riyaz Ahmad and two of his associates identified as Fayaz Ahmad and Muqueem Ahmed,' Sahai told IANS here.He said Riyaz was the battalion commander of the Hizbul Mujaheedin outfit in Shopian and is wanted by police in the area.'We have announced a cash reward of Rs.100,000 to anyone who provides information about these militants.'


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