Militants Attack Srinagar Police Station
7 August 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi: Separatist guerrillas attacked a police station in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital late Monday evening, even as three civilians held hostage by militants in the state were rescued. The guerrillas threw a powerful grenade inside the heavily guarded police station in the Zakura neighbourhood. 'The grenade exploded inside the police station complex without causing any damage,' said Farooq Ahmed, deputy inspector general of police, central Kashmir range. Police and paramilitary forces immediately launched searches in the area around the police station. No arrests, however, were made. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, security forces safely rescued all the three civilians held hostage by the guerrillas holed up in a house at village Sherpora Frisal near Kulgam in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, 70 km from here, late Monday afternoon. A police spokesman here said heavy exchanges of fire were continuing in the village between the holed up guerrillas and personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) that had surrounded them. 'In the heavy firing, the house in which the terrorists had taken shelter got damaged,' the spokesman said. Security forces had early Monday surrounded Sherpora Frisal. But the search parties from 62 Rashtriya Rifles came under heavy fire from the hiding militants, resulting in the death of one soldier and injuries to three people, including a villager. 'Three villagers were sent in to motivate the hiding militants to surrender, but they were held hostage inside the house,' said a police officer. In another incident, two army soldiers were killed and one wounded during another cordon and search operation in Waripora village of Anantnag district.