Wednesday, October 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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J&K House blast toll rises to 42

Srinagar, October 2
It was a close shave for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker, his deputy, Legislative Council chairman and 15 legislators when a group of four fidayeen belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) attacked the heavily guarded Assembly complex here killing 42 persons and injuring 80 others.

The four suicide bombers who belonged to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad were also killed, an official spokesman confirmed this morning.

He said 38 others — seven Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel, two Border Security Force jawans, one Central Reserve Police Force jawan and 28 others, including 13 officials of the Legislative Council, the Assembly and other government departments — also lost their lives and 80 others were injured in the attack. A majority of the injured were discharged after first aid.

Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant outfit behind yesterday's attack on Jammu and Kashmir Assembly complex has "direct links with the Taliban", a top police official claimed today.

"Taliban and Jaish-e-Mohammad have direct links and both are involved in heinous crimes. The attacks carried out by terrorists in the USA and in Jammu and Kashmir have the "same chain and system", Director-General of state police said.

"The militants gave a deceptive impression that foreign militants had been called back by the Taliban to help them resist the possible US attack", the police chief said.

A spokesman of the Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed that they had used 125 kg RDX to attack the heavily guarded Jammu and Kashmir legislative and council complex here yesterday.

He told local mediamen on phone this afternoon that seven members of the outfit's suicide squad took part in the attack which lasted till 7.30 p.m.

He said three of the fidayeen returned to their hideouts safely while four died in action.

Meanwhile, security forces killed five militants, including three belonging to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and apprehended two others while militants shot dead a government employee in the valley overnight.

An official spokesman said security forces killed two foreign militants of LeT at Rohan-Sopore in Baramula district late last night. Two AK rifles were seized from the slain militants.

He said another LeT militant, Attaullah, a resident of Pakistan, was killed by a patrol party of the Army at Bijhama in Baramula last night. An AK rifle, five magazines and 143 rounds were seized near the site of encounter.

Armymen gunned down two unidentified militants at Bandi-Nallah Bonyar and seized two AK rifles, four magazines, 120 rounds and four hand grenades.

Militants shot dead Ghulam Mohammad, an employee of Irrigation Department at Shiva-Sopore today.

The Army, CRPF and SOG of the local police arrested 2 militants and recovered two kg of RDX, three detonators, one remote control device and two hand grenades during overnight operation across the valley. UNI, PTIBack


Advani to visit J&K today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 2
The Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, will visit Srinagar tomorrow to make on the spot assessment of the situation in the valley following yesterday’s fidayeen attack on the state assembly in which at least 42 persons were killed and nearly 80 injured.

The Home Minister, who will be accompanied by senior officials, including the Special Secretary, Internal Security, Mr. M.B. Kaushal, will visit the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr G.C. Saxena and the Chief Minister, Mr Farooq Abdullah.Back

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