Blasts rock Kashmir; 16 injured
28 January 2001
Srinagar: A series of improvised explosive device and grenade blasts left at least 16 people injured, some of them critically across the Kashmir valley since Sunday evening. In other militancy related incidents, one person was killed at Kulgam while a district president of the Awami National Conference, who was missing since January 26 evening from his Shopian house, returned home safely last night. Security forces averted a major tragedy when they detected and later defused a powerful IED planted by militants near Jammu and Kashmir bank at Bandipora Sunday. An official spokesman said that militants detonated a powerful IED at Tangmarg in north Kashmir when some security force vehicles were passing through the area. An encounter took place between militants and security forces at Sumbal Sunday morning, the spokesman said and added that it was still going on when reports last came in. Details of casualties were awaited. He said another IED blast took place at Palhalan near Pattan on Srinagar-Uri road late last night without causing any damage. At least 16 people were injured, some of them seriously when two grenades lobbed by militants on the security force pickets missed the target and exploded on the roadside last evening. The injured have been admitted to different hospitals. Militants also hurled a hand grenade towards a security picket at Karan Nagar last evening. However, the grenade exploded without causing any damage. Militants shot dead Abdul Gani Wani at Khandaypora, Kulgam last evening, the spokesman said.