March 2008 News

Fire In Kashmir BSF Camp, 4 Killed In Violence

5 March 2008

Srinagar: A fire was raging in a Border Security Force camp in northern Kashmir district of Kupwara while in nearby andipore two Muslim guerrillas died fighting Indian soldiers in an overnight gunbattle. Two people were killed and six wounded in a separate incident in outhern Shopyan district when suspected guerrillas lobbed a hand grenade on a house early today. Police said an fierce gunbattle broke out between guerrillas and joint party of police and Indian army in Bandipore late Tuesday. Deputy Inspector General Police (North Kashmir) Dr B Srinivas said that gunbattle erupted soon after Indian army soldiers assisted by Special Group of police launched a joint operation at village Aragam last evening. Two militants were trapped in the cordon, police sources said, adding that besieging troops ordered them to surrender. Trapped guerrillas however opened fire on the soldiers from the house they were sheltering resulting in a fierce encounter. The guns fell silent late in the night but the battle resumed at the break of dawn today, Srinivas said. Two guerrillas were killed after troops blasted the house with mortars this afternoon. An army spokesman told IRNA that the two slain guerrillas were planning to kill a local member of Kashmir Assembly, Usman Majeed and timely army action foiled the militant plan. Usman, a former militant turned counter insurgent, is a member of state legislative assembly nd has survived a number of assassination attempts in the past. Meanwhile suspected guerrillas lobbed a grenade in Shopian district, police said Wednesday. One woman was killed instantly and another person, Bashir Ahmed Wagay, died on his way to hospital. Of the six injured, the condition of one is stated to be critical, an official said. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast and motive behind the attack was not known.

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