3 Militants Killed, IED Defused
30 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Two foreign militants were among three persons killed in Kashmir while security forces averted a major tragedy by detecting an IED on Amarnath route. Two foreign militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces at Guldachan-Sarkuli village of Kalaroos in border district of Kupwara in the day, Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara, Vijay Kumar said. Based on specific information about the presence of the militants, police and troops of 41- Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off Guldachan-Sarkuli village of Kalaroos this morning, he said. The search operation turned into an encounter and two foreign militants were killed, Kumar said, adding, however, there was no collateral damage in the encounter. He said two AK- rifles, eight magazines, 145 rounds and two hand grenades were recovered from them. Police picked up bullet-riddled body of a 26- year-old youth outside a brick kiln at Pingligom village in Pulwama district today, an official spokesman said. Ali Mohammad Sheikh, a resident of the same village and owner of a poultry farm, had been abducted by militants last evening and was killed, the spokesman said. Meanwhile, a five kg IED, planted by militants near the main gate of the Degree College, Anantnag, on the busy Khannabal-Pahalgam road being used by pilgrims for Amarnath pilgrimage, was detected by police today, Additional Superintendent of Police, Anantnag, Javeed Ahmed Matto said. He said the IED, kept in a tiffin box, was later defused before it could cause any loss of life. Matto said the preliminary investigations revealed that it was the handiwork of the pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. He said the road is being used by the pilgrims bound for Amarnath pilgrimage. A case has been registered in police station Anantnag in this regard.