9 militants killed in Tangdar
15 September 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Even as militants are making stray attempts to disrupt the Assembly election on the eve of the phase-I of polling, security forces have intercepted two groups of infiltrating militants, close to LoC in Karnah and Keran sectors of north Kashmir. Defence sources confirmed to EXCELSIOR that at least nine militants got killed when a fierce gunbattle took place between militants and security force at Tangdar, close to LoC, in Karnah sector. Sources said that the encounter was going on and more casualties were expected. Yet another group of infiltrators has been intercepted by security forces at Furkian Gali in Keran sector. Late night reports said that the gunbattle was in progress. Casualties of militants or security forces could not be ascertained immediately. Earlier today, BSF claimed to have apprehended nine militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad and other Jehadi groups from various parts of Srinagar city. Officials claimed that the Kashmiri cadres of the militant groups had been tasked to disrupt the elections. Presenting the arrested militants before the media today, BSF DIG R S Bhullar said Abdul Rashid Kar alias Shamsuddin Hyder, publicity chief of JeM and a close associate of Qazi Baba, an accused in the December 13 Parliament attack, was arrested on a tip off from a hideout in Bota Kadal area last night. On the information provided by Kar eight more JeM militants, including its district commander Javaid Ahmad Baba alias Abu Hamza, were arrested from various parts of the city by BSF intelligence and 115 battalion of the border guards, he said. Bhullar said the militants were planning to carry out attacks to disrupt the Assembly elections. According to intelligence intercepts the suicide squad chief of JeM was visiting Srinagar everyday along with three other members to carry out attacks. One AK rifle, two pistols, two wireless sets, four IEDs, four electronic detonators, several other explosives and incriminating articles and documents and fake rubber stamps of various district magistrates used to issue fake identity cards, were seized from the militants, he said. Bhullar said Kar was in close contact with Qazi Baba, operational chief of JeM in the Valley, who has been operating from Ganderbal area of Srinagar district. However, Kar while admitting that he was working for the JeM said he had met Qazi Baba only once and was not in constant touch with him as claimed by the BSF official. Another arrested militant Hamza was wanted in connection with several killings including a grenade attack in Lal Chowk here in Novemeber last year in which three civilians were killed and 29 injured, Bhullar said.