September 2000 News

Shia Leader Escapes Bid On Life In Kashmir

1 September 2000
The Times of India

Srinagar: In the second abortive bid on the life of prominent Shia leader and former Jammu and Kashmir minister Maulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, militants on Friday set off a powerful landmine blast injuring him and killing three of his guards in north Kashmir. Ansari suffered multiple injuries as the landmine, planted near a bridge at Singhpora, 27 km from here, was detonated when he was returning from his home constituency Pattan after attending a religious congregation at 6.30 hours, an official spokesman said. Ansari, a former housing and urban development minister in the Farooq Abdullah government, was admitted to Soura medical institute where he was stated to be out of danger, the spokesman said. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack which came three months after Ansari escaped an attempt on his life at the same place while addressing a religious gathering on June 2. The spokesman said militants probably used a remote control device to set off the explosion which blew up Ansari''s vehicle. The blast killed three police personnel, who formed part of his escort, instantly and left two injured, he said.(PTI)

 

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