April 1999 News

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VDC members repulse militants' attack

5th April 1999
Daily Excelsior

RAJOURI: The Village Defence Committee (VDC) has repulsed an attack by armed militants in Kalakote area and averted a major tragedy on the civilian side.

According to official sources, a group of armed four-five foreign mercenaries attacked a village in Kalakote tehsil last night and tried to kidnap a group of villagers. However, the VDC members organised themselves and attacked the militants.

Militants also opened firing on the VDC members and an encounter followed which lasted half an hour. The VDC members forced the militants to flee from the spot. No casualty was reported on VDC members side while casualty, if any, on the other side wasn’t known.

The local people strongly appreciated the timely action of VDC members which prevented civilian casualties at the hands of militants.

A Defence spokesman also appreciated the courage displayed by the VDC members which prevented a major tragedy.

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