Wednesday, March 7, 2001,
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Army foils another attack
Tribune News Service and agencies

Jammu, March 6
Troops today foiled another ‘fidayeen’ attack on an Army camp at Jurianwale Gali in Poonch, killing both intruders.

Official reports said two activists of Laskhar-e-Toiba, Abdu Osman and Abu Ujahid, had sneaked into the Army camp with weapons. But before they could blow up the camp, both were killed by alert sentries at the entrance of the camp. Two assault rifles and some explosives were recovered from the slain militants.

The reports said both ‘fidayeen’ belonged to Pakistan and were operating in Poonch under a codename.

According to these reports, the security forces, especially the troops, have been directed to remain alert round the clock against “fidayeen” attacks. The forces have been directed to raise more checkposts and sentry boxes so that the movement of militants around every camp remain under observation.

These instructions have been issued following receipt of information that Pakistani agencies have decided to step up ‘fidayeen’ attacks on Army and police posts to create panic in the state. The security forces have been asked to shoot anyone found moving close to the Army camp.

In addition to this, troops have been advised not to move without clearance from the road opening parties. They have been directed that before any movement, whether on foot or by vans, road opening exercise should be carried out to ensure that no landmine or IED has been planted.

A 19-year-old boy was shot dead by unidentified militants at Qazibad in Anantnag district of south Kashmir this afternoon.

Militants opened fire on a former Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, at Nihama in Kulgam area of Anantnag last evening, killing him instantly and wounding three.

The injured were rushed to hospital where one of them, Ghulam Mohammad Mir, died.

However, reports reaching here from Kulgam said Mir was killed and two others were wounded when the forces opened fire after militants shot dead the former Hizb militant.

Militants shot at and critically wounded two special police officers Mohammad Yousuf Wani and Ghulam Mohammad alias Shahnawaz, at Nilo-Kulgam in Anantnag and Palhallan-Pattan in Baramula.

The injured policemen, attached with the special operations group of the local police posted at Gangran-Shopian in south Kashmir and Palhallan-Pattan in north Kashmir, were shifted to hospital. They were attacked when they were returning to their homes after offering Id prayers.

The police captured a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant along with four grenades and some ammunition from Watnar in Ganderbal area on the outskirts of Srinagar last night.

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