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After quake, itís terror in Rajouri
Militants slit throats of 10 of community
Tribune News Service & PTI

Jammu, October 10
While residents of border districts were yet to come out of the shock of the deadly earthquake, terrorists mercilessly slit the throats of 10 Hindus of two families in the Budhal area of Rajouri district early this morning.

The police said a group of heavily armed terrorists barged into the house of a former BSF official, Munshi Ram, in Dandot village and took five members of the family out of the house and slit their throats. Munshi Ram was also killed.

Other members of the family were Hans Raj, Kala Chand, Sobha Ram and Vicky.

Before fleeing from there, the terrorists wrote a note for the SHO of the Kotranka police station, saying that the incident was a gift for him as all killed were police informers.

The same group is supposed to have later gone to Mora Gabber village nearby and forced their entry into the house of Kartar Singh and killed him and his three sons, sources said. Kartarís fourth son was injured in the attack.

The militants also killed Satbir Singh and Nazir Hussain in the area during their killing spree, they said.

However, no militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the killings thus far.

Police has launched a hunt to trace the attackers and suspect the involvement of Hizbul Mujahideen, which had warned people in the rural areas from passing on information about them to the police and security forces, they said.

The group allegedly included two former Special Police Officers (SPOs), who had deserted the force three months ago and were instrumental in killing about 16 persons in the Kalakote and Mahore belts in past two months, the police said.

The killings are believed to be handed out as punishment for being informers, they added.

Meanwhile, a bullet-ridden decomposed body was recovered by the troops in the Mardwaha-Daccan area of Doda district, they said, adding that it was supposed to be of one Renzo Gujjar, who was abducted by militants and later killed.

Meanwhile, two landmines exploded due to accidental fire in grass near the International Border in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir, BSF sources said here today.

The fire sparked in the dry grass near IB in the Samba sector, causing two landmines to explode last evening they said, adding that no loss of life or damage was caused by the blasts.

The explosions were caused in the mine field near the border, the sources said.


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