Monday, September 18, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


M A I N   N E W S

9 killed in Kashmir blasts
BSF officer, wife hurt

SRINAGAR, Sept 17 (PTI) — A Deputy Commandant of Border Security Force (BSF), his wife and three jawans were injured in an attack by militant while nine persons including seven militants, were killed and 14 injured in Jammu and Kashmir since last evening.

An improvised explosive device fitted on a bicycle was detonated by militants while BSF Deputy Commandant Harpreet Singh was returning along with his wife to his official residence here today from Soura, official sources said.

The blast took place at Tibetan colony in Idgah on Soura-Nawakadal road this evening, causing minor injuries to the BSF officer, his wife and two jawans. The officer’s vehicle was also damaged in the explosion.

Nine persons were wounded, two of them seriously, when militants detonated an improvised explosive device fitted in a bicycle near Nanak Bhavan in old Baramula today. Two private vehicles and a scooter were also damaged in the explosion.

Twenty minutes before the explosion, militants carried out a similar attack at Palhallan-Pattan in Baramula district while an Army convoy was on way to Srinagar from Kupwara. An Army vehicle was damaged in the blast and four soldiers were injured, he said.

A fourth standard student was killed when some explosive device went off in his hand at Ochlipora-Kunzar in Baramula district last evening. The boy had found the ball like object and it exploded when he fiddled with it, he said.

A mine blast took place at Chrunda village in Baramula last evening, seriously wounding a civilian.

In Anantnag district, an unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with security forces at Duroo-Gurinar and the police recovered the body of a man from Khaiyar-Aishmuqam village today.

Army personnel, who were involved in an encounter with the Tehreek-ul-Jehadi Islami (TUJI) militants in Mangana village of Poonch district in Jammu region yesterday and had shot dead five of them till noon yesterday, killed another five by evening, official sources said.

In another incident, police shot dead a Lashker-e-Toiba militant Abu Harara at Ramkote of Kathua district of Jammu region during the period.

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