August 2006 News

20 hurt in Surankote blast

2 August 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: Army and police today gunned down two militants of Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HUJI) and apprehended another as troops suffered a fatal casualty in day long operation at village Kochal in Chatroo area of Doda district while 20 persons were injured, two of them seriously, in a blast at Surankote Bus Stand, minutes before the arrival of a Buddha Amarnath yatra convoy from Jammu, at 5.10 pm. Official sources said troops of 11 Rashtriya Rifle and police launched a search operation at Kochal in Chatroo area in early hours of this morning after developing an information that four top HUJI militants including a 'section commander' have descended to the village from upper reaches for carrying out an attack on the security personnel. A contact with the militants was established at 7 am. In about two and a half hour operation, two militants were eliminated by Army and police. An Army jawan Sepoy Jitender Singh also sacrificed his life while fighting bravely with the ultras. DIG Udhampur-Doda range Lalat Indu Mohanty, SSP Doda Manohar Singh and SP Doda (Operations) Varinder Sharma supervised the operation along with senior police officers. Sources said two militants were still hiding in the areas. The operation was on to eliminate them. Slain militants have been identified as Izaz Ahmed alias Mubbassir, 21, son of Ghulam Ahmed R- o Gadol, Anantnag and Ashraf Ahmed Malik alias Khalid Zubair son of Rashid Malik R-o Kochal, a 'section commander' of HUJI outfit. Zubair was a Pakistan trained militant and was operating in Doda for last few years. Recoveries made from the spot include two AK-56 rifles, four magazines, 12 rounds, two Chinese hand grenades and two pouches were recovered from the slain militants. A militant of HUJI Ashiq Ahmed Dar alias Ishaq S-o Ghulam Nabi Dar R-o Kokernag, Anantnag was captured alive by Army and police from Titwan, Chatru alongwith two grenades. Two BSF cops of 4th battalion were injured in firing by the militants at Dharam in Gool area tonight. An unidentified militant lobbed a grenade at Surankote Bus Stand minutes before the arrival of Shri Buddha Amarnath yatra convoy from Jammu at 5.10 pm causing injuries to 20 persons, three of them seriously. The yatra convoy had reached Jharan Wali Gali (JWG) when the grenade blast took place. The convoy was stopped at JWG and was released at 6.30 pm under tight security arrangements made by security forces and police after the area was fully sanitised. All 20 persons injured in the blast were civilians. Thirteen of them with minor injuries were discharged after first-aid from Sub District Hospital in Surankote while seven others were admitted. Three seriously injured were referred to Medical College, Jammu. They have been identified as Mehmood Khan son of Fayaz Mohd R-o Potha Surankote, Zakir Hussain, a Nursing Orderly in SDH Surankote and a resident of Kalakote and Ghulam Mustafa. Other injured, undergoing treatment in Surankote hospital, have been identified as Amit Kumar son of Krishan Lal R-o Surankote, Mohd Javed son of Ismayil R-o Samot, Asha Begum wife of Subhan R-o Kalar Morha, Mendhar, Showkat Zahangir son of Showkat Ali R-o Surankote, Ghulam Mustafa, Mohd Rashid, Parvez Sarwar, Mohd Jameel, Nanida Akhter, Hasan Mohd, Mohd Hanief, Shahid Iqbal, Mohd Sageer, Mohd Maskeen, Mohd Khurshid, Pummy Kumar and Soni Rashid. A 17 year old girl has allegedly been kidnapped by a militant from village Nagni in Keshwan area of Doda, the sources said identifying the militant as Nazir Ahmed. A search was on to apprehend the militant and rescue the girl.


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