June 2002 News

Farooq escape bid on Life

15 June 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Militants today made an abortive bid on the life of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah firing two rifle grenades minutes after he arrived to inaugurate a Government building at Bemina on the outskirts of the city, Army sources said. No one was injured in the attack as the grenades fell 100 meters short of the venue into a pool, they said. The grenades were lobbed as Abdullah, whose engagement was kept a secret due to security reasons, reached the newly constructed State Board of School Education building to inaugurate it. Though police said the explosives were thrown from a passing vehicle, Army claimed they were fired from rifles. An unknown militant outfit Al-Madina Regiment has claimed responsibility for it. A person claiming to be its spokesman telephoned a local news agency saying its cadres carried out the attack. Undeterred by the attack, the Chief Minister proceeded with the function. A joint party of Army and BSF assisted by local police immediately cordoned off the area and conducted intense house-to-house search. The Board staff said the blast was very feeble and did not create panic among the participants at the function.

 

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