January 2001 News

9 killed in J&K as militants blow up bus

20 January 2001
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: NINE PEOPLE were killed and 41 injured as militants on Sunday blew up a government bus and targeted a security vehicle. The militants also made an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the ruling National Conference headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir. A state transport corporation bus was blown up in a landmine blast near Kreeri at Pattan in Baramulla district at around 10 am on Sunday, killing four passangers, including an Army jawan, and injuring 34, nine of them Army personnel, an official spokesman said. The bus was on its way to Pattan from Kaw-Check village, he said, adding, about 20 kg of deadly RDX was used in the blast which damaged the vehicle extensively and caused a big crater. Most of the injured were stated to be in 'serious' condition in a hospital, the spokesman added. In another incident, militants lobbed a grenade towards a security vehicle at Rajpora in Pulwama district killing a civilian and injuring seven others, including two policemen, the spokesman said. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the two blasts. Militants also made an attempt to blow up ruling National Conference headquarters in Jammu by detonating a powerful bomb near its gate at Residency Road on Sunday morning, police said. The bomb, planted inside a dustbin near the gate of Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, went off at around 7.30 am without injuring anyone, police said. Window panes of the Bhawan and adjoining complexes were smashed and some vehicles damaged by the blast.


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