NC activist, 9 ultras killed in JK
21 March 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Thirteen people, including a ruling National Conference activist and nine militants, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir where ultras ambushed a security patrol and triggered two grenade explosions since last evening, officials here said today. At least 11 people were also injured and a huge cache of arms and ammunition seized in different parts of the state since last evening, they said. Panic gripped the busy exhibition crossing in the heart of Srinagar this afternoon when militants triggered a grenade explosion which left three securitymen and as many civilians injured, official sources said. They said the grenade was lobbed towards a BSF patrol in the area which exploded causing minor injuries to the six persons. BSF personnel also fired several rounds in air in self-defence. Pro-Pakistan Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack. Militants shot dead NC member Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, who was previously affiliated with pro-Pak Al-Burq outfit before he laid down his arms, inside his house at Nagrimalpora in Kupwara yesterday. Reports from Jammu said that a joint team of Rashtriya Rifles and police, on specific information about the presence of a group of 26 militants in loran-Mandi area of Poonch district, cordoned off the hideout last evening. But the militants fired on the security forces in which one special police officer was killed and two constables and an army jawan were injured.