January 2001 News

Lashkar scare at Srinagar airport

7 January 2001
The Statesman

Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Taiyaba militants dressed in police uniforms, today hijacked a private vehicle and rushed towards the highly-guarded Srinagar Airport before running away. Late tonight, a Jammu and Kashmir government spokesman denied the Lashkar claim that it had stormed the airport. A caller, identifying himself as the Lashkar's spokesman in Kashmir, told a local news agency this afternoon that five of its fidayeen had stormed the airport around 1.30 p.m. The CRPF personnel on duty at the entrance of the airport, 1 km from the terminal building, saw a vehicle (registration number JK 01-D-7464) carrying five youths dressed in police uniform coming towards them. But seeing the securitymen, the vehicle sped away towards the city before the CRPF men could stop them. Highly places sources said the militants had hijacked the vehicle from Lal Chowk. Its owner Mr Nazir Ahmed, who was driving, was forced to get off at Galwanpora on Airport Road. Security forces and police guarding the airport have been put on high alert, sources said.


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