IED blast attempts foiled, nine killed in J&K
24 January 2002
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Security forces foiled militant bids to set off three powerful explosive devices two days before the Republic Day in Jammu and Kashmir where four militants and two securitymen were among nine people killed and three policemen wounded since Wednesday night. A powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), weighing 25 kg, was detected and defused by Indo-Tibetan Border Police and local police at Awantipora on Srinagar-Jammu highway early on Thursday, a police spokesman said. Fitted in a gas cylinder, the IED was planted by militants to target security convoy, the spokesman said. Security forces also detected and defused a 5.5-kg IED, planted by militants, on Jhangalwar bridge in Jammu region''s Doda district early on Thursday morning, the spokesman said. He said a transistor-type IED was detected near Nashri on Srinagar-Jammu highway. It was defused by security forces. Militants hiding in the house of a village head at Darwanin Badgam district fired at a BSF search party killing a jawan. The spokesman said the BSF personnel fired back and in the ensuing gunbattle two persons, including a militant, were killed and the house razed to the ground. An unidentified militant was killed during search operations by security forces at Mantribug in Shopian area of Pulwama district on Wednesday night. A pistol and two grenades were recovered from his possession. The spokesman said two militants were killed in on-going operations against ultras at Ghambir Mughlian in Rajouri district. Four militants were killed on Wednesday. A special police officer, Munir Hussain, was killed and three other SPOs were wounded when militants attacked their post at Chaktro in Mandi sector of Poonch. Tension gripped parts of Srinagar and Badgam districts following alleged custodial killing of two persons by security forces in Srinagar. While 40-year-old Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh of Bazgu village in Badgam allegedly died in BSF custody, Habibullah Burhaj succumbed to injuries, which his family members and relatives alleged were inflicted during his nearly month-long interrogation, in hospital on Thursday.