20th November 1997
SRINAGAR: A National Conference leader and 6 militants were among 9 people killed while security forces apprehended 4 militants in the Kashmir Valley during the past 24 hours.
An official spokesman said militants kidnapped National Conference leader Ghulam Rasool Shah and shot him dead at Qazigund last evening. A Congress leader Shafiq Ahmad Shabnam escaped unhurt when militants attacked his vehicle at Dalal Mohalla in the city. Two suspected militants were later arrested for questioning.
He said a bomb blast took place in the house of one Mohammad Jamal Sofi at Bijbehara today causing some damage but no one was injured. Jammu and Kashmir police assisted by security forces killed 4 militants during a search operation at Behramgali last evening. A civilian Ghulam Ahmad was also injured in the incident. Three AK 56 rifles, 3 pistols, one wireless set and 6 grenades were recovered during the operation, reports UNI.