2 more ultras killed, Kupwara toll 10
17 November 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Police and security forces have killed both the militants who had been trapped at a house in Lone Mohalla of Gulgam in Kupwara district last evening. SSP Kupwara Vijay Kumar told the EXCELSIOR that the last two militants of the freshly infiltrated two groups were killed in a joint operation by Police and Army at Gulgam today. As already reported, the militant duo had got trapped at the residential house of one Mohammad Sultan Lone S-o Ghulam Rasool Lone at Gulgam last evening. SSP said that both the militants killed in the gunbattle were believed to be Pakistani cadres of Lashkar-e- Toiba. He said that Lone’s house suffered minor damage in exchange of firing but his cowshed gutted. Vijay Kumar said that three militants of this particular group had been killed by Police and forces in a joint operation on Wednesday while the fourth one was captured by residents of Awoora and handed over to Kupwara Police on Thursday. He said it was on the disclosures of the captured Pakistani militant that forces swooped on another hideout at Gulgam and eliminated two more militants. One soldier had got killed and four soldiers, including a Major, injured in the same opoeration on Wednesday. Vijay Kumar said that four militants of another group of infiltrators were killed in another operation on Tuesday-Wednesday in the same Kupwara forest area. With this, one soldier and 9 militants of the twin groups have been killed and one militant has been arrested. He said that the twin operation has reached its end but Police had, late tonight, received information regarding the movement of another 5-member group of militants in the same area. He said that Police and Army would soon launch an operation. Meanwhile, Militants hurled a grenade towards a patrol party of Rashtriya Rifles at Bandwara, 80 kms from here, at around 2 PM, the sources said. However, the grenade missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside adjacent to the main gate of Animal Husbandry Department office, the sources said adding no one was injured in the incident. Security forces immediately cordoned off the area and a hunt has been launched to nab the militants behind the attack. Meanwhile, security forces seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a militant hideout established in a jungle area of Baramulla district in North Kashmir last evening, an official spokesman said today. During a search operation at Cherhar-Shiva jungles in Baramulla district, he said security forces busted a militant hideout and seized 60 mortar bombs, three fuses, 32 UBGL grenades, five hand grenades, three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), one AP mine, one wireless set and two cassettes. The spokesman also said that police apprehended three suspected militants at Kulgam in South Kashmir last evening and seized two AK magazines and as many hand grenades from them. In another incident, troops seized one grenade launcher and two grenades wrapped in a polythene bag from a graveyard in Baramulla town of North Kashmir.