Sunday, December 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Army convoy attacked, 9 killed
TNS and Agencies

Srinagar, December 8
At least nine persons, including six civilians and an Army jawan, were killed and over 24 injured when militants attacked an Army convoy at Baramulla this morning.

Two militants suspected to be involved in the attack were among those killed while the injured included six Army men.

According to reports reaching here, the suspected militants attacked a convoy of the Army at Azad Gunj on the outskirts of Baramulla town at 11.30 a.m. The convoy was on its way to Baramulla, about 60 km from here, when it was attacked.

In the gunbattle that followed, six civilians were killed. Those injured have been shifted to various hospitals here. Ten persons with minor injuries were discharged after first aid. Tension gripped the town following the attack.

Meanwhile, security forces seized 150 kg of RDX from a militant hide-out and arrested one person in this connection in Sopore town of Baramulla district last night, a BSF spokesman said today.

The RDX, kept in three gunnybags each weighing 50 kg, was seized by the BSF from a hide-out at Kalashpora-Wahibug in Sopore, 60 km from here, he said.

One person, Farooq Ahmad Shah was arrested in this connection.

In another successful operation, the spokesman said the BSF unearthed a militant hide-out at Deyan in Lolab area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from it.

The seizure made from the hideout included two AK assault rifles, five magazines with 120 rounds, a pistol, four rockets, nine boosters, 98 metres of cordex wire and some cleaning material for heavy weapons, the spokesman said.

JAMMU: Militants killed a local woman leader in Doda district and security forces arrested an engineer hailing from Pakistan for crossing the international border at Chambiliyan area of Jammu frontier since Friday night, official sources said here.

They said militants barged into house of one Mohammad Ayob Khan at Kalotrian village in Doda district and resorted to indiscriminate firing inside the house killing his wife on the spot.

The dead woman, Shafeeqa Begum, was a local leader and a social activist, the sources said, adding that the militants fled from the scene.

BSF troops arrested an electrical engineer of Pakistan, who illegally crossed into this side of the border in Ramgarh sub-sector on Friday night, the sources said.

He has been identified as Amiz Ali of Sahiwal village of Pakistan, the sources said. Ali was later handed over to the police.

The sources said the militants had been identified as Abu Qasim, alias Shaheen, and Abu Jaffar of the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit.Back


Heavy Indo-Pak firing in Poonch

Jammu, December 8
Pakistani soldiers opened unprovoked firing on Indian positions across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kerni sector of Poonch district in Jammu region this morning.

Official sources said Pakistani troops opened firing on Indian positions using heavy machine guns and mortars around 8.30 a.m. The Indian troops retaliated and the fiery exchange continued for an hour.

The two sides also exchanged fire at Pittal Post, Pindi, Jabowal, Mehta Post, Kote Kuba, Zero Point, S.H.Way, Budhwar, Treba, Sikh Pura, Sai, Suchetgarh Post, Kullian, Faqira Chak, Nawa Pind Kathmarian, Kharkhola, Sangral, Mangral, Korotana, Abdullian, Gharana, Garkhal, Siderwan, Camp, and Kandral in Jammu district. UNIBack

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