3 Militants Killed In Bijbehara
28 March 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: While as three militants were claimed to be killed in a gun battle with police and Army troops in Anantnag district today, at least seven civilians, including three women were injured in a grenade blast in Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's hometown of Bijbehara this afternoon. Meanwhile, a woman who was injured in Sunday's grenade blast in Srinagar succumbed to injuries in a hospital here today. SP Anantnag Ashiq Bukhari told the EXCELSIOR that on a specific information that militants were hiding in Laktipora village in Arwani area near Bijbehara town, a police party of Anantnag police assisted by the troops of Army's Ist RR, cordoned the village late this afternoon. According to Bukhari, as the troops zeroed in on a house where militants were hiding during the search operation, militants inside opened fire on them and tried to escape from the spot. The fire was returned by the troops triggering a gun battle, which left three unidentified militants dead. SP Anantnag claimed that one militant was injured in the exchange of fire. He said that troops had engaged the injured militant in the firefight and operation was going on till late tonight. He also claimed that troops did not suffer any casualties. As the operation was launched in Laktipora village, informed sources in south Kashmir said, an unidentified militant lobbed a hand grenade on an Army convoy about one kilometre away from the village near Arwani Chowk in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district at around 1400 hrs this afternoon. According to these sources, the grenade missed the intended target and exploded with a big bang on roadside causing splinter injuries to seven pedestrians including three women. The injured were rushed to the Bijbehara Sub District Hospital. After the first aid, sources said, few of them were later shifted to Srinagar hospital. All the injured were stated out of danger. No militant group had claimed responsibility till this evening. The injured have been identified as Hameeda Bano and Tahira Bano both residents of Marhama, Rukhsana Jan R-o Chatergam, Abdul Rashid Wagay R-o Bijbehara, Mohammed Asif Shah R-o Bugam, Nazir Ahmed Thokur R-o Kashu, and Aamir Ahmed Sheikh R-o Babapora. Meanwhile, a woman identified as Rahti Begum W-o Abdul Ahad, who was injured in Sunday's grenade blast in Batmaloo locality of Srinagar city, succumbed to her injuries in the SMHS Hospital today. About 20 people were injured in the blast.