January 2002 News

Mosque siege ends in Kashmir, one militant killed

9 January 2002
The Indian Express

Srinagar: One of the two militants holed up in a mosque was killed and the other surrendered after receiving bullet injuries following an intense encounter with security forces in north Kashmir on Wednesday afternoon. The mosque suffered minor damage in the encounter, the spokesman said. The stand off began early Wednesday when two Hizbul Mujahideen militants took shelter inside the mosque after attacking an Army patrol in the village in Tangmarg area, he said. The Army personnel were on an area domination patrol when a group of militants opened fire at them. The troops fired back and chased the fleeing militants. Two ultras took shelter inside the mosque, he said. Army immediately laid a cordon around the mosque and were joined by local police, he said, adding the security forces tried to persuade the militants to vacate the mosque to avoid any damage to it. However, the troops tried to enter the mosque to flush out the militants after they ignored repeated warnings. The militants opened indiscriminate fire on the security forces forcing them to retaliate and in the ensuing shootout, one militant identified as Bashir Ahmad of Karhama village was killed and another, Abdul Razak alias Fayaz, was injured, the spokesman said. The injured militant, later, surrendered before the security forces and was admitted to police hospital, Srinagar, he said. Reinforcements had been rushed to the village, which has been cordoned off and a house-to-house search was on to nab other members of the group, he said.


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