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Al-Burq commander among 11 killed
Srinagar, October 8
Seven militants, including a self-styled district commander of the Al-Burq, a counter-insurgent and a security personnel were among 11 persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours. An official spokesman said the security forces killed two militants, including Al-Burq commander Ghulam Mohammad, alias Ama Pir, during a search operation at Kakerpati Lolab in north Kashmir late last night. 

Bandh, marches in Srinagar
Police resorts to lathi charge

Srinagar, October 8
The police lobbed teargas shells and resorted to a lathi charge to quell crowds at several places demonstrating against the US and British attacks in Afghanistan. The demonstrators raised slogans against the USA and Britain and in favour of Bin Laden.


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Al-Burq commander among 11 killed

Srinagar, October 8
Seven militants, including a self-styled district commander of the Al-Burq, a counter-insurgent and a security personnel were among 11 persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours.

An official spokesman said the security forces killed two militants, including Al-Burq commander Ghulam Mohammad, alias Ama Pir, during a search operation at Kakerpati Lolab in north Kashmir late last night. One AK rifle, four magazines, a pistol, two hand grenades, one wireless set and 172 rounds were recovered from the slain militants.

He said one militant was killed at Rafi-Abad in Baramula district early this morning.

An encounter took place between militants and the security forces at Lakipora Qazigund in which one militant was killed. One counter insurgent also lost his life, the spokesman said.

He said the police recovered an unidentified decomposed body from an orchard at Watpora village in Baramula district last evening. An encounter also took place between militants and the security forces at Badachar in Poonch during which two militants were killed and three others injured.

He said the injured militants, however, managed to escape under cover of darkness.

The spokesman informed that the security forces had also killed a self-styled operation commander of Pakistan based Lashker-e-Toiba identified as Ziyarat Hassan during an encounter at Bharthi Neel.

He said an encounter took place between militants and the security forces at Saranoo village last evening in which a security jawan lost his life. However, the militants managed to escape.

Unidentified militants also killed Abdul Subhan Khan at Neosi in Udhampur last evening. UNITop

 

Bandh, marches in Srinagar
Police resorts to lathi charge
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, October 8
The police lobbed teargas shells and resorted to a lathi charge to quell crowds at several places demonstrating against the US and British attacks in Afghanistan. The demonstrators raised slogans against the USA and Britain and in favour of Bin Laden.

Stray incidents of stone-pelting and demonstrations were reported from Maisuma, Nowhatta, an Jamia Masjid areas. At least 12 persons were reportedly injured. Students of the University of Kashmir also held a procession against the US action.

The protesting students, however, were not allowed by the police and paramilitary forces to come out of the Hazratbal campus. Unconfirmed reports said some students were detained at the campus.

Most shops and business establishments at Budshah Chowk, Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Residency Road, Maulana Azad Road and Hari Singh High Street remained closed though there was no strike call from any organisation.

Former Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference and senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani condemned the US attacks in Afghanistan and described these as “uncalled for.”

Addressing a press conference here at the Hurriyat office, he said the Taliban was not given time to clarify its position on Osama bin Laden.

Replying questions, Mr Geelani said Pakistan by siding with the USA had stood against terrorism. “Pakistan has its borders with Afghanistan.... They (Pak) have their own compulsions”, Mr Geelani said in reply to a question.

He said the Hurriyat Conference was against global terrorism. “We are against terrorism.... That has to be defined.” Fight for basic rights (as in Kashmir) is not terrorism.

He described as inhuman the recent suicide attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, adding that none had taken responsibility for the same.

Ms Asiya Andrabi, chief of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, also condemned the US action and blamed Pakistan for its ‘dubious’ role.Top

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