June 2007 News

4 Soldiers, Militant Injured In Ambush

17 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Suspected militants ambushed an Army vehicle in Palhalan area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district this evening, wounding four soldiers, a military spokesman said. A militant was also wounded in the return fire, he added. The spokesman said militants ambushed the Army vehicle at Palhalan market in Pattan area of Baramulla district at about 1900 hrs this evening. The fire was returned and in the ensuing gun-battle, four soldiers and a militant were wounded, he added. However, villagers later alleged that the injured, branded as a militant, was actually a civilian. They identified him as 20-year- old Nazir Ahmed Sofi. A massive operation has been launched to nab the militants. Meanwhile, militants shot at and injured a son of a police officer and abducted a former associate, while the Army has arrested three overground workers and busted a hideout in Kashmir overnight. Militants today shot at and injured Raheel Ahmad Bhat, son of Station House Officer of police station Nowhatta, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, at Kanjikulla village in Kulgam district, a police spokesman said. A contractor by profession, Raheel was hit by a bullet in his thigh and was shifted to Bone and Joints Hospital here for specialised treatment, he said. In a separate incident, Militants reportedly abducted a former Hizbul Mujahideen member Tanveer Ahmad from his house at Yachgoz-Keller in Pulwama district, the spokesman said. Troops of 13 Rashtriya Rifles arrested an OGW of Hizbul Mujahideen Abdul Majid Nazar following recovery of a hand grenade and 27 rounds of ammunition from his house at Shahgund in Bandipora district. A LeT OGW Zahoor Ahmad Wani was also arrested by the Rashtriya Rifles from Lalpura village of Kupwara district. Troops of 24 Rashtriya Rifles busted a hideout in Kawantar near Kangan area of Ganderbal district and recovered three Under Barrel Grenade Launchers, five AK magazines, nine hand grenades, 452 rounds of AK ammunition, one RPG round, one binocular and three 52mm mortar bombs, he said. A carjacking in Pulwama this evening prompted authorities to sound an alert in the district. An alert was declared after Tral village resident Hidayatullah Shah son of Zahoor Ahmed Shah R-o Botengo, Tral, lodged a report at Awantipora police station that five unidentified gunmen forced him to disembark from his car No. 3181 JK03A and drove away in it, the spokesman said. The alert was sounded as militants usually took away vehicles on gun-point and later use them for 'suicide' attacks or as car bombs. Meanwhile, a policeman was killed and eight others injured when an armoured vehicle of Special Operation Group turned turtle in Anantnag district. The vehicle of SOG camp Srigufwara turned turtle at Satkipora in Srigufwara area last night. A constable identified as Sukhwinder Kumar alias Bunty was killed, the spokesman said.


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