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Suicide attack on RR Headquarters
2 soldiers, 3 militants killed
Tribune News Service and PTI

Srinagar, December 4
Three militants of the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit were killed as the Army foiled their attempt to storm the headquarters of 21-Rashtriya Rifles in Kupwara district in north Kashmir today, a defence spokesman said.

Two Army personnel were also killed in the gunfight which lasted for a brief period at the main gate of the camp at Bagatpora in the Zachaldara area, the spokesman said.

The militants travelling in a private car forced their way into the headquarters around 11.30 a.m. but their vehicle got stuck near the main gate due to a hurdle set up by the security forces, the spokesman said.

Soon the militants started firing on the nearby picket targeting troops, causing serious injuries to two jawans who later succumbed to their injuries, he added.

Troops eliminated the trio in the retaliatory action, the spokesman said, adding that they had been identified as Abu Bakar and Abu Fittar of the LeT.

A large quantity of arms and ammunition were seized from the killed mlitants.

Troops cordoned off the area immediately after the attack and senior Army officers have rushed to the scene, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened around vital installations, including security camps, to thwart any further attempt by the militants to launch suicide attacks.

Official sources quoting intelligence reports said militants were planning to intensify suicide attacks on vital installations particularly security camps, in the valley in the ongoing holy month of Ramzan.

Elsewhere, three unidentified militants of the Laskhar-e-Toiba were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Narupora in the Kokernag area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir. The police here said that five houses and six cowsheds were gutted in the exchange of fire between the militants and the security forces.

Two unidentified militants, according to delayed information, have been killed in an encounter with the Army at Satinar in the Gurez area of Baramula district. Four hand grenades and 5 kg of RDX have been seized from them.

One militant was killed when he intruded into the house of Mr Hashmat Gujjar at Watingu in the Kulgam area of Anantnag district. The police said the militant demanded eatables from the house owner and on his refusal, fired at him leaving him injured. “His son-in-law Hassan Deedar attacked the terrorist with an axe and killed him on the spot. He also informed the Army”, a police spokesman said.

One militant was killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces at Shilwat in the Ganderbal area of Srinagar district. He was identified as Abdul Rashid Dar of the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Unidentified militants intruded into the house of Abdul Rahman Najar at Budrahal in the Handwara area of Kupwara district and shot at the inmates. The house owner and his wife were injured in the shootout. The house owner later succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to hospital.

In another incident, unidentified militants shot dead Abdul Rashid Peer at Warsun Kralpora in Kupwara district last night.

Militants shot dead Shabir Ahmad Mir at Zoonimar in Srinagar city last evening, the police here said.

Unidentified militants shot at and injured a Tata Sumo driver, Mr Jatinder Sharma, of Pathankot near Chichkote, about 30 km from here, on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the police said.

JAMMU: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy artillery fire at Ramgarh, Kanachack, Arina, R.S.Pura and Samba Sectors in Jammu region.

Official sources said the two sides exchanged fire at Kandral, Narianpur and Chamblyal in the Ramgarh Sector and at Old Kanachak, New Kanachak, Rajpura and Chinore Form in the Kanachack Sector.Back

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