August 2007 News

3 Soldiers Hurt In Blasts

10 August 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: A major tragedy was averted in the Dalgate area while as three soldiers were injured in two grenade attacks on the security forces in Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours. A CRPF spokesman said troops of 172 batallion during a routine patrolling in the Dalgate area noticed a powerful IED planted near a commercial building this evening. He said the area was sealed and all those present were taken to safer places. Later, Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was summoned and the IED was defused without causing any damage. Earlier, panic gripped the Dal Lake area when a loud explosion was heard at 1720 hours. Security forces and police parties were rushed to different directions to locate the area of blast. It was later confirmed that the blast was caused after an electric transformer caught fire. However, no one was injured. A police spokesman said that militants hurled a hand grenade at the Border Security Force (BSF) at Gulshan Chowk, Bandipora, about 55 km from here at 0915 hours. It exploded on the roadside causing injuries to one jawan, who has been hospitalised. Later, security forces arrested one Ghulam Mohiuddin. However, hundreds of people, mostly women, took to the streets demanding his immediate release. The demonstrators, who also blocked traffic, claimed that Mohiuddin was innocent. Militants ambushed a vehicle of 18 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) at Saivan, Kuligam in the frontier district of Kupwara, the spokesman added. The security forces also retaliated and in the fierce clash two soldiers were injured. However, the ultras managed to escape after the attack.


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