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Two BSF jawans killed in blast

Jammu, April 15
Two security personnel were killed and five critically injured in an IED explosion triggered by militants targeting a BSF vehicle on election duty at a village in Udhampur district today.

The IED, planted on the road in the Dhaksan Nullah area of Gool tehsil, was detonated by using a remote control, killing two BSF jawans on the spot and seriously injuring five this afternoon, official sources said.

The blast also caused extensive damage to the five-tonne vehicle which was carrying BSF personnel on election duty to another village in the tehsil.

The deceased jawans have been identified as Mahinder Singh and Devi Singh.

Meanwhile, a self-styled sector commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad surrendered before the security forces in Udhampur district where the militants shot a civilian since last night, sources said.

The sector commander, Liaqat Ali, alias Mustafa, laid down his arms before the security forces in the Gool area last evening.

In a separate incident, the militants today shot a villager in the Mahore area of Udhampur district.

The security forces busted two hideouts in the Surankote and Bhudal areas of Poonch and Rajouri districts last night.

SRINAGAR: Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants and an equal number of civilians were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since Wednesday, the police said.

The militants identified as Abu Saifullah and Gulfraz were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Sheendara in Poonch district.

Four AK rifles, 14 magazines, six hand grenades, two wireless sets and 200 rounds of ammunition were recovered.

The militants shot a civilian, Muje Ram, after abducting him from his Dhanori Nallah house in Doda district, the police said.

The militants kidnapped Bashir Ahmad from Dewal Dugga village in Udhampur district and later slit his throat.

Meanwhile, a day after the grenade blast in an election rally in the Banihal area, the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen on Thursday owned responsibility for the attack. PTI

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