January 2004 News

Six killed in Jammu railway station attack

2 January 2004
The Daily Times
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JAMMU: Two suspected militants attacked a crowded railway station in Indian- held Kashmir on Friday, killing four security men and wounding at least 12 people before being killed themselves, police said. 'The gunfire has ended. Both the militants have been killed, but the search operations are still going on,' a senior police officer told Reuters in Jammu. Hundreds of passengers were in the Jammu station at the time of the evening attack. Police surrounded the station and began evacuating it. 'Two militants sporting army fatigues sneaked into the station in the early evening and 'opened indiscriminate fire on passengers and security officers,' Indian Kashmir's deputy chief minister, Mangat Ram Sharma, told reporters.The two militants were shot dead after a three-hour gunbattle with police and military commandos sent to the station, police spokesman Rajindra Singh told AFP. He said four soldiers or policemen were killed in the shootout, including an army captain, and that 17 passengers were wounded by the gunfire.Police and witnesses earlier said two wounded passengers who were carried out were feared to be dead.Elsewhere in Kashmir, Indian troops shot dead four militants in gunbattles across the state overnight and Friday, police said.In Srinagar, a civilian injured Thursday when a militant accidentally blew himself up with a homemade bomb died in hospital, a police spokesman said. Five other bystanders were injured in the blast.Suspected militants hurled a grenade at an Indian army patrol Friday at Bijbehara, injuring eight civilians and sparking panic in the busy market town, the spokesman said. The bloodshed came on the eve of Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's first visit to Pakistan in four years for a seven- nation South Asian summit in Islamabad.Hopes for peace in the Himalayan region have been spurred by improving relations between India and Pakistan after they came close to war in 2002 over Kashmir, which they both claim. They began an open-ended ceasefire along the Line of Control in late November. More than 40,000 people have died in Kashmir since the eruption of the revolt in 1989. Separatists put the toll between 80,000 and 100,000.-Agencies


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