Civilian killed, 36 injured in Sopore grenade attack
28 October 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: A civilian was killed and 36 others injured when militants targetted a Border Security Force vehicle in apple-town iof Sopore this afternoon. Security forces apprehended two militants and seized a large cache of arms and ammunition overnight. The spokesman said militants lobbed a hand grenade towards a Maruti gypsy belonging to the BSF's 45 battalion at the Sopore Main Chowk at around 1245 hrs. The battalion is headquartered at Sopore. The grenade hit the vehicle resulting in injuries to 32 civilians and four BSF personnel, he added. The spokesman said the wounded were shifted to various hospitals where the condition of many of them was stated to be critical. One civilian, Khazir Mohammad, who was rushed to the SMHS hospital here later succumbed to injuries, he added. Security forces immediately cordoned off the entire area and launched a search operation to apprehend the ultras. No militant outfit has so far claimed the responsibility for the grenade attack. The spokesman said 14-year-old Mudassir Ahmad Sheikh kicked some suspicious object lying on a road near the Ganderbal bridge today which exploded causing injuries to him. He was rushed to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura. Security forces apprehended two militants in Badgam and seized two AK magazines, 58 rounds, 2 UBGL grenades, two hand grenades, one pistol, one magazine and six rounds from them. Meanwhile, two brothers who were allegedly killed by Lashkar-e-Toiba militants at Lolab in Kupwara district on Tuesday had paid the price for protecting the honour of their family, a Defence spokesman said today. Hafiz and Matloob, sons of Ghulam Rabbani, were shot dead by militant Abu Saad who had been eyeing their younger sister, he said. Saad and his accomplices came to the house of Rabbani around a year ago, seeking food and shelter and the family did what was asked because they were too scared to resist, the spokesman said. When Hafiz realised that Saad had an eye on his sister, he objected and the two brothers later moved to Kupwara town as a way out of the situation, he added. Saad had his revenge when Hafiz and Matloob returned to the family for celebrating Eid. The militants emerged from the forests and shot at them. The brothers succumbed to their injuries before they could reach the hospital, he said.