Tuesday, January 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Ultras attack ammo depot, kill 2 jawans

Jammu, January 14
Two Army jawans were killed and three others seriously wounded in an encounter with terrorists in the Khanetar area of Poonch late last night, Army sources said today.

The sources said an Army foot patrol was heading towards a makeshift ammunition dump at Khanetar when militants sprayed bullets at them from a nearby hilltop, killing two soldiers on the spot and seriously injuring three others.

The militants escape the sources said adding operations to nab the ultras had been launched.

In Srinagar a self-styled district commander was among two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants killed by the security forces in the Kashmir valley, where a surrendered ultra was shot dead by militants since last night, a police spokesman said on Monday.

District commander Tariq Ahmad Indrabi, alias ‘Irfan’, was killed along with his bodyguard in an encounter with the Army and special operations group of the local police at Krewa-Manloo village of Pulwama district in south Kashmir last evening, the spokesman said.

Two AK assault rifles, two magazines, a grenade thrower, three grenades, two wireless sets and some ammunition were seized, he said.

Irfan, who was wanted in connection with a large number of killings and attacks on security forces, was also involved in ambushing the convoy of Pulwama SP sometime ago, the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, militants gunned down a surrendered militant of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Dar at Brarigund in Badgam district of central Kashmir early today, the spokesman said. PTI, UNI

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