3 Lashkar militants among 5 killed in Kashmir
10 October 2000
The Times of India
Srinagar: Three foreign mercenaries belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba and a Youth National Conference leader were among five people killed, while three militants laid down their arms in Kashmir since Monday evening, an official spokesman said on Tuesday. Three Lashkar militants were killed in a joint operation carried out by the Army and police at Pazalpora in Bandipora area of Baramulla district in North Kashmir on Monday, he said. Three houses were damaged during the gun-battle which broke out when security forces raided the village to flush out hiding militants, he said, adding three AK assault rifles were recovered from the slain militants, two of whom were identified as Abu Umer and Abu Khara of Pakistan. Bullet-riddled body of a person, Noor Khan, was recovered from his village at Dardpora-Bandipora early Monday. Khan was killed by militants for his alleged links with security forces, he said. Unidentified militants shot dead block president of Youth NC, Ghulam Mohammad Mir, in Badgam district of central Kashmir on Monday evening. Mir, a resident of Hawoora, was killed by the gunmen who intercepted a passenger bus on way to Badgam from Srinagar. He was dragged out from the vehicle and shot dead, the spokesman said. Meanwhile, three militants identified as Mohammad Rafiq, Ghulam Hassan and Muneer Ahmad surrendered before police in Bandipora area on Monday evening.