Two Lashkar men, seven civilians killed in Kashmir blast
9 May 2001
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Two militants of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba’s suicide squad (Fidayeen) and seven civilians, including a 14-year-old girl, were killed and several others critically wounded in an explosion followed by fierce firing at Magam in central district Budgam on Wednesday evening. The injured also included a deputy commandant, an assistant commandant and three personnel of the BSF's 194 Battalion, camping. Sources said that at 6.30 p.m., two militants, believed to be members of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba's suicide group were carrying a powerful explosive in a handcart towards the BSF formation in the town. As the militants neared the main gate of the camp, the explosive went off, killing both the militants instantly. Seven civilians, mostly shopkeepers, were also killed by the flying lethal splinters that sprung from the explosive. Sources quoting eyewitnesses said limbs of some of the victims, including the two militants, were cut into pieces and flung yards away from the spot. Half-a-dozen shops were also damaged. At least, five BSF personnel including deputy commandant G S Mand, and an assistant commandant Pramod Kumar, who were near the gate at the time of the explosion, were got injured. The condition of the two officers was stated to be critical. The situation worsened when the BSF men opened fire in panic. Seven bus passengers were also injured. However, it was not known whether they received splinter injuries or bullet wounds. Meanwhile, four members of a family were wounded in a separate IED blast at Soiteng, in the outskirts of Srinagar.