September 2006 News

LeT Udhampur comdr killed in Valley

15 September 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: An Army personal was killed and seven others injured when militants attacked an Army convoy in north Kashmir. Elsewhere in Kashmir, a Lashkar-e-Toiba District Commander for Udhampur district was killed in Kulgam area, while security forces busted two hideouts overnight. A Defence Ministry spokesman said militants attacked the convoy with automatic weapons at Watergam on Baramulla-Handwara road near Thopurpura in north Kashmir this afternoon when the Army convoy was on way from Kupwara to Baramulla. He said four soldiers were injured in the attack. Two of the critically wounded were airlifted and admitted to base hospital where one of them died. He has been identified as Dhyan Chand. A police press release issued this evening said eight soldiers were injured in the attack. A Baramulla report said 30 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) have launched a massive search operation in the entire area to nab the militants responsible for the attack. ' Al-Mansoorian' has owned the responsibility for the attack on Army convoy. A District Commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba for Udhampur district of Jammu province was killed in a gunfight with a security search party at Dhamal-Hanjipora- Nandmarg near Kulgam area of Anantnag district this evening. An AK rifle and some ammunitions were recovered from the possession of the slain militant, who has been identified as Abu Mohd Sayeed, the sources said. In another incident, four persons including two soldiers were injured when militants set off an Improvised Explosive Device at Rebbon- Khawajapora in Zainapora area of Pulwama district at around 5 pm today, official sources said. A security vehicle was also damaged in the blast, they said. Troops busted yet another hideout and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition in north Kashmir, a Defence Ministry spokesman said. He said troops received a tip off that militants had dumped arms and ammunition in a hideout at Pattan in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. Troops immediately launched a operation and after a long search busted a hideout near the bank of a river. The arms and ammunition recovered included two AK rifles, four magazines, one carbine with a magazine, one air pistol, four grenades and one wireless set. However, no one was arrested. About a dozen hideouts have been unearthed and war like stores were recovered in the Kashmir valley by the troops during the past one month.


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