Two top Hizbul ultras killed, 12 injured in Kashmir
10 February 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Two self-styled commanders of pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in an encounter with Border Security Force (BSF), while 12 people, including seven securitymen, injured as militants stepped up their attacks on police in Kashmir valley since Friday night. Two AK assault rifles, a grenade launcher and some ammunition were recovered from the slain militants. A BSF spokesman said seven securitymen and three civilians were injured when militants attacked a police party with a grenade outside awantipora police station in pulwama district of South Kashmir this afternoon. In another incident, unidentified militants shot at and injured a block president of ruling National Conference, Mohammad Sidiq Naikoo, at Tali-Nowpora in Kulgam area early Saturday, he said. Meanwhile, three houses were damaged in a powerful IED blast which rocked Hagarpora village of Badgam district in central Kashmir on Friday night. The IED had been planted by militants near the house of Nazir Ahmad Malla in the village which exploded around midnight, extensively damaging the house and causing partial damage to two adjacent houses, sources said.