Hostage Drama Ends In J&K; Women Rescued
3 September 2004
The Hindustan Times
Poonch: Security personnel on Friday evening rescued two women, who were held hostage by terrorists for two hours in a mosque at Sheendhara village in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said. The terrorists managed to escape into a forest near the mosque and a gunbattle between with security personnel raged. A jawan was killed when a group of terrorists forced their entry in the mosque after a brief encounter. The terrorists did not allow two women to move out of the mosque, the sources said adding soon after their entry, the ultras bolted the windows and doors of the mosque from inside. Trying to use the women as human shield, the terrorists wanted to avert the operation of the security forces, they said. However, security forces and police cordoned off the mosque and fired some shells of tear smoke to nab the terrorists and rescue the hostages. The security forces later entered the premises of the mosque and rescued the women, but found that the terrorists had escaped from the rear of the shrine into a forest, they said.