June 2001 News

10 wounded in militant attacks in Kashmir

30 June 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Ten people, including seven security force personnel, were wounded on Friday in a string of rebel attacks in Kashmir, police said. "Militants hurled a grenade at a police vehicle near Jehangir Chowk, which exploded and injured two policemen, including an officer," a police spokesman said. Three soldiers were wounded when militants attacked another security patrol near Shopian township in south Kashmir, police said. Later on Friday a Congress leader, Ghulam Rasool Kar, escaped unhurt but his guard was injured in another militant attack outside a mosque in north Kashmir, police said. Elsewhere, three civilians and one soldier were wounded in separate incidents of militant violence in the Valley. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, the latest amid mounting violence ahead of next month's summit between India and Pakistan. Violence has escalated in the Valley since India called off its six-month ceasefire against militants in Kashmir more than four weeks ago. According to daily police bulletins more than 300 people, mostly rebels, have been killed since then. Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday said that he wanted Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to agree at next month's summit that Kashmir was the core issue that must be settled. (Reuters)   


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