April 2001 News

Two killed, 20 injured in Kashmir blast

22 April 2001
The Indian Express
MUFTI ISLAH

Srinagar: Two persons were killed and 20 injured, five of them seriously, when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off at the congested Arampora locality of Sopore at 11.30 a.m on Sunday. Police confirmed the killing of one person and said 12 others were injured, three of them critically, when an explosion intended to blow Army convoy occured near the Sopore Police Station. No policeman was injured in blast. Police sources said militants had comouflaged the mine in a rehri in the main market of Sopore and were planning to blow up the army convoy passing through the area. However, it went off when the army vehicles had just passed the spot. Police identified the dead as Mohammad Ashraf Lone of Helmatpora, Kupwara. All injured persons have been evacuated from the place, five of whom have been referred to Srinagar hospital. The condition of atleast three is stated to be serious, Khursheed Ahmad, SHO Sopore said. Senior police and security official have rushed to the spot. Police and security forces removed the injured to the Baramulla district hospital where more than six were discharged after being administered first-aid. A senior police officer said the area has been sealed and searches are being conducted to trace suspected militants.

 

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