Militants kill 17 policemen in Jammu road ambush
2 March 2001
The Asian Age
Jammu: At least 17 policemen were killed and nine wounded in an ambush by militants in the northern Jammu district of Rajouri on Friday. The ambush is the biggest and deadliest militant strike during the ceasefire period, the police casualties the highest in recent years. The police here confirmed late on Friday night that 15 of its men were shot dead by militants in the Kotli area in Rajouri district’s Manjakot on Friday afternoon. The policemen were returning from Gambhir Moghalan after completing investigations into the gunning down of two villagers, Mohammed Bashir and Abdul Majid, one of whom was an elected “panch.” The shower of bullets and grenades set on fire one police vehicle. The policemen tried to fight back but were outnumbered by the militants. [Inspector-general of police (Jammu zone) Radhay Vinod Raju said militants perched on mountain tops fired several rockets and opened fire on the vehicle at about 5 pm, PTI reports. Ten people were killed on the spot and five succumbed on the way to the hospital, Mr Raju said, adding that the bodies of five policemen were charred beyond recognition. Police sources said the toll may rise.