Monday, February 21, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


J A M M U   &   K A S H M I R

2 women killed in Pak shelling
Tribune News Service

SRINAGAR, Feb 20 — At least five persons, including two militants and two civilians, were killed in separate incidents in Kashmir since yesterday.

A police spokesman said three persons, including a militant, a civilian and a security force jawan, were killed in an exchange of fire at Hazratbal last evening. One AK rifle, two magazines and two hand grenades were recovered from the slain militant. He was identified as Muneer Hussain, a Pakistan national. Giving details of the incident, a police spokesman said the militant fired upon a search party during a routine checking of a passenger vehicle. The militant was killed in the retaliatory fire in which a civilian, Abdul Khaliq Mir of the Tailbal area was also killed.

One militant was killed during search operations at Darveshpora, Tangmarg in Baramulla district last evening. The police spokesman said security forces were conducting search operations following an explosion in which two Army jawans had sustained injuries. “During the operation, militants hiding in the area fired on the search party. In the ensuing encounter, one militant was reportedly killed”, the police spokesman said. A pistol, two magazines and a wireless set were recovered from the site of the encounter.

  Meanwhile, a commuter was killed and another injured when security forces opened fire on a matador at Qamarwari on the outskirts of the city last evening. However, residents of the area took to streets alleging that security forces fired on the metador. A police spokesman stated that a militant fired upon security force post at Tatto Ground. The vehicle was intercepted by security force personnel at Qamarwari. The militants again fired on the security force personnel who returned the fire. In the exchange of fire two persons — Shabir Ahmad Shah and Mehrajuddin, residents of Chandpora and Baghwanpora localities were injured. Later, Shabir Ahmad succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, the spokesman said.

The security forces have recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition during search operations in Baramulla while one suspected militant of Hizbul Mujahideen was apprehended along with some weapons here.

UNI adds: Two women were killed when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked shelling in Karnah sector last evening.

According to official sources Pakistani troops fired mortars and artillery shells from across the border on civilian and security force installation in Karnah sector.

Sources said one of the shells exploded in Zoda village adjacent to the Line of Actual Control in the sector, killing two women.

More than 100 persons have died and scores of others have lost their limbs in Pak shelling in Karnah, Keran, Teetwal, Uri and other sectors in the Jammu and Kashmir during the past three years.

Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF) said the shelling by Pakistani troops in Karnah and other areas of northern sector was a routine matter.

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