Wednesday, January 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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3 holed-up Pak ultras shot
Tribune News Service and UNI

A BSF jawan on the alert
A BSF jawan on the alert during a day-long exchange of fire between militants hiding in a residential house and security forces at Ahmadnagar on the outskirts of Srinagar on Tuesday.
ó Photo Amin War.

Srinagar, January 29
With the death of the three militants who killed a BSF Havildar and wounded five jawans last night, the 24-hour-long operation against the ultras who were holed up in a house at Ahmed Nagar in the cityís outskirts, came to an end this evening.

According to the house owner Ghulam Mohiuddin Parray, the three ultras were foreign militants, one from Multan, Pakistan, and two others from Muzaffarabad.

A report from Baramula said an encounter took place between militants and the security forces at Gujar-Patheri in north Kashmir this afternoon during which one militant was killed and two security jawans were hurt.

On a tip-off that some foreign militants were hiding in a house at Ahmed Nagar, the BSF and Special Operation Group of the Jammu and Kashmir police cordoned off the area last night to flush them out, a BSF spokesman said.

When the security forces were about to storm the house the militants attacked them with grenades and opened heavy fire.

He said reinforcements were rushed to the area and the cordon around the house was tightened. However, in the heavy fire by militants, a BSF Havildar was killed and four BSF jawans and one SoG constable hurt.

He said the operation was prolonged as the house in which the militants were hiding was very large and it took the forces some time before they could rescue the civilians.

Elsewhere, two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces in the Kralgund area of Kupwara district today.

At least 12 persons, including eight policemen, two SPOs and two civilians, were injured when militants hurled a grenade towards the Khanyar police station here last evening. Two police vehicles were also damaged in the grenade explosion, the police here said.

Three militants forced their entry into Ellaquai Dehati Bank at Murran in Pulwama district and looted Rs 2,12970, yesterday.

The police and security forces recovered and IED weighing 5 kg from a structure in the Pampore area of Pulwama district yesterday.

A suspected militant of Hiz-bul Mujahideen, Nissar Ahmed Dar, alias Bahadur, was held from the Rafiabad area of Baramula district yesterday. An AK rifle, an AK magazine and 30 rounds were seized from his possession.Back


American centre attackers were LeT men

Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), January 29
The two Pakistani terrorists involved in the attack on the American centre last week and killed in an encounter with the police here yesterday, belonged to the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, a top police official said today.

Mr Soumen Mitra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, said here that this was proved by the dying declaration of one of the slain terrorists, Zahid.

Mr Mitra, who is heading the special investigating team here, said the declaration of Zahid also tallied with the statement recorded by the Kolkata police from the eye-witnesses of the strike.

The identification mark of Zahid also tallied with the information possessed by the Kolkata police, he said.

Asked whether the death of the two terrorists would hamper the investigation into the attack, Mr Mitra said the dying declaration of Zahid would help them considerably.

He said although the identity of Zahidís companion Salim was not exactly established, it was confirmed that he was part of the terrorist organisation.

Mr Mitra said the link of slain terrorists with Nalanda-based criminals had also been established and added that without the local contact the outsiders could not have stayed in Bihar. PTIBack

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