Three BSF personnel dead in J&K ambush
3 April 2001
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The Lashkar-e-Taiba hit back on Tuesday by killing at least three security personnel, besides injuring six others in attacks at Bandipora and Rafiabad. The outfit had suffered a serious blow last week after its chief commander Salahuddin was shot by security forces. Lashkar cadres ambushed a BSF party on Gurez-Bandipora Road in north Kashmir at 8.00 am and a fierce gun battle ensued. A BSF jawan, Prem Singh, was killed while another paramilitary personnel, Ram Kumar, suffered serious injuries. The militants escaped without casualties. Half-an-hour later, Lashkar militants struck again in Rafiabad belt of Baramullah district, killing two Armymen and injuring four others. The militants triggered off an IED when an Army patrol was on the move. The militants resorted to heavy firing on patrolling Armymen for about 20 minutes. One security personnel was killed and five jawans were injured. LeT however, claimed that 10 Army personnel were killed and two Army vehicles blown up. This is the first face-to-face confrontation between security forces and Lashkar cadres after security forces shot outfit chief Salahuddin last week. A Lashkar spokesman said cadres would also carry fidayeen attacks on the Army. Militants also made an unsuccessful bid on the life of an ASP at Haigam, the scene of February 15 Army shootout, on Monday night. The militants fired at the vehicle of Additional SP, Shoukat Malik, when he was on way to Baramulla district headquarters from Pattan. As he escaped, the vehicle escorting the officer came under militant fire and the driver was killed and four other personnel injured.