January 2002 News

10 militants shot dead in J&K

30 January 2002
The Times of India

Jammu: Troops shot dead 10 militants including five suspected guerrillas who were attempting to cross the border from Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday.The border shootout occurred in Rajouri district, some 150 kilometres from Jammu.According to defence ministry sources, soldiers spotted a group of about a dozen gunmen trying to cross into India in the Peer Phadaswar area of Rajouri.They were told to stop but opened fire, the sources said. The army retaliated and five were shot dead. They were later identified as members of the Lashker-e- Taiba.Police in Srinagar, meanwhile, said Indian soldiers shot dead five more militants in separate overnight encounters in Kashmir. They identified one of the slain guerrillas as a senior leader of the Hizbul Mujahedin guerrilla outfit.Hizbul commander Shamasuddin Ahmad Muzamil was killed along with his guard in an encounter with security forces near a village in Kupwara, a police spokesman said.Muzamil, an explosives expert, was wanted by the police in connection with a large number of militant-related cases including attacks on Indian security forces, the spokesman said.A cache of weapons, including five AK-47 assault rifles, pistols and a grenade launcher, were recovered from Muzamil and his guard, whom the police spokesman described as a Pakistani national.In another incident police said Muslim rebels abducted two civilians, including a Hindu, in Udhampur district and chopped off the ears of one of them before releasing them.In New Delhi, external affairs ministry spokeswoman Nirupama Rao said the incident showed Pakistan had not lived up to its pledge to snuff out religious extremism and cross-border militancy in Kashmir.''It only vindicates our concern for a need for action and specific and tangible steps against terrorist groups and against those individuals who have directed violence and terrorism against India,'' she said.''We have to see if there is any long-term commitment by Pakistan to fight terrorism. So far we are yet to see any such commitment on their part,'' Rao said.Related stories Reports on Advani juvenile posturing India No immediate pullback of troops, says Vajpayee India tests surface-to-air missile One more held over American Center attack  Pak official killed in border firing 10 militants shot dead in Kashmir Pak will not be intimidated by India Sattar Indo-Pak ties Full coverage


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