Wednesday, April 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Four LeT men among 12 shot in J&K
Yasin Malikís remand extended
Tribune News Service and Agencies

Srinagar, April 2
Four Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including a top commander and two police personnel, were among 12 persons killed while the security forces captured an ultra in Jammu and Kashmir overnight.

A Defence Ministry spokesman said a group of extremists fired upon a security forces search party near Kreeri Pattan in Baramula district today with automatic weapons.

The troops immediately cordoned off the area and in retaliation killed two dreaded militants of the LeT.

One of the slain extremists was identified as Abu Hanzla, commander. Some weapons and ammunition were also seized.

Two more Lashkar militants were killed by the security forces and Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel at Ratnipora Shopian last night. One AK rifle, a pistol, one UBGL, four grenades and one wireless set were recovered from the slain militants.

In another incident today a foreign militant was killed by a search party of Army and SOG of the Jammu and Kashmir police at Gutlibagh Ganderbal. An AK rifle, three magazines, one UBGL and a wireless set were seized from the site.

Meanwhile, the BSF arrested a militant, Fayaz Ahmad Dar along with two grenades at Baramula last night.

Militants ambushed a police party at Tabaloo-Sung village in Jammu regionís Udhampur district killing two policemen, a police spokesman said.

Before fleeing, the ultras took away two rifles of the slain policemen, Arshad Hussain and Ravi Kumar, the spokesman said.

JAMMU: The JKLF chief, Mohammad Yasin Malik, was on Tuesday remanded in police custody for another five days by the District Sessions Judge, Jammu.

The JKLF chief who was held under POTO was remanded in police custody by the District Sessions Judge, Udhampur, a week ago. The judge had remanded him in seven-day police custody.

The Jammu District Sessions Judge also directed the police to shift Mr Malik to Government Medical College as he had gone on indefinite fast in protest against his arrest.

For the past five days the Front chief has been put on glucose drip. For the first three days he was kept in Government Nursing Home and later shifted to Police Hospital.

The case is slated for hearing on April 10.

Pakistani troops on Tuesday fired on a village near the International Border in Samba sub-sector of Jammu frontier injuring a villager, official sources said.Back

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