May 2002 News

Another Army camp attacked, four killed

19 May 2002
The Statesman

Jammu: In the second major fidayeen attack since 14 May, militants today attacked a joint Army-CRPF camp in Udhampur district, killing three soldiers and a CRPF constable. One of the attackers was also killed as troops retaliated. The SSP, police control room, Jammu, Mr Subhash Raina, said three fidayeen attacked the Army camp at Chasana in Udhampur district at 3.30 a.m. The heavily armed Pakistan-sponsored ultras stormed the camp with grenades and fired from automatic assault rifles. The militants belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiyaba, sources said. Three soldiers and a CRPF constable were killed and seven injured. As the troops retaliated, a militant succeeded in fleeing the premises taking advantage of the darkness while another was engaged in an encounter. One of the fidayeen was killed. A report from Srinagar said Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the strike, adds PTI. “The attack was carried out by our activists,” a Hizbul spokesman said. Exchange of fire: Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire overnight along the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, adds PTI. A person was killed and eight wounded in the exchange of fire. A person was killed and four injured in Pakistani shelling in the Uri sector of North Kashmir last night, police said. They said 13 people, including two BSF men, were so far wounded in unprovoked shelling from across the border in the sector since yesterday. Sources said Pakistani rangers targeted more than a dozen villages near the Line of Control in Uri sector forcing Indian troops to retaliate. Four people were injured, three in Pargwal village and one in Panjgarayan, when Pakistani troops shelled Indian positions in Jammu sector, sources said. The exchange of fire and shelling was continuing in several areas in Jammu-Poonch sector, including Kerni, Mendhar, Jallas, Samba, RS Pura and Laam. Meanwhile, four people, including two militants and a counter-insurgent, were killed in separate incidents while 11 people were injured in two explosions in Jammu and Kashmir since last night, an official spokesman said today. A civilian, Ghulam Hussain Ganai, who was among 15 people injured in Friday’s explosion outside fire service headquarters here, succumbed to injuries in a hospital taking the toll in the blast to three.

 

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