November 1999 News

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9 troops die in fresh attacks in Valley

10 November 1999
Dawn

SRINAGAR (occupied): Mujahideen, in daring attacks on military camps, killed nine Indian soldiers in the disputed state of Kashmir, the police said on Wednesday.

The freedom fighters also suffered a major blow when the army shot nine of them dead, the police said.

Indian police chief Gopal Sharma claimed that Indian combat troops killed five freedom fighters in a fierce gunbattle overnight on Tuesday in the northern Kashmir district of Sangrama and hailed it as a "most successful operation," in Kashmir.

Two border guards and four civilians were injured in the crossfire, he added.

The police spokesman said soldiers also shot dead four Mujahideen in Kupwara, a northern frontier district which borders Pakistan in a separate incident on Tuesday.

He described the two encounters as part of a military drive renewed ahead of the onset of the Himalayan winter, which would drastically curtail the army's anti-Mujahideen offensive in snow- bound Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the Lashkar-i-Taiba has claimed responsibility for a daring attack on occupied Kashmir's main military headquarters this month.-AFP

15 Indian troops killed, wounded

ISLAMABAD: Over 15 "enemy soldiers were either killed or wounded when the Indian army launched a two-company attack on a Pakistan outpost in the Bagh section last evening," an ISPR spokesman said on Wednesday.

Briefing newsmen in Islamabad on Wednesday, Brig Rashid Qureshi rejected the Indian claim of Pakistani casualties along the LoC and said the bodies lying there were those of the Indian soldiers.

He said Pakistan suffered no casualties and there were some wounded people, including a Captain whose condition was out of danger.

The India attack of about 250 to 300 men on Pakistan out-post was preceded by one hour of heavy artillery and mortar fire. Indians came across the LoC to attack Pakistani post. "Pakistani troops defend bravely and caused a lot of casualties on the enemy," Qureshi added.

He said while this was happening the Indians quickly mounted a media campaign as per their norms and "perhaps they were aware of their attack as they know the exact timing." He said before Pakistan could get the information of the attack, Indian ZEE TV reported the attacked. -NNI


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