Three Militants, Two Armymen Killed
13 August 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: In different incidents of violence just two days before Independence Day, five persons - three foreign militants and two Armymen - were killed. Security forces also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Kupwara and Budgam districts. Police said this morning, an encounter occurred between militants and Army personnel at Shiekhpora in Rafiabad. Three militants and two Armymen were killed in the encounter which lasted for five hours. An Army spokesman said, following information, troops of 32 Rashtriya Rifles laid an ambush in the forests of Tangmulla, Shiekhpora. They had information about the presence of militants in the dense forests adjacent to the village. This morning, as the militants were moving in the jungles, troops intercepted them and asked them to lay down their arms. But the militants retaliated, leading to an encounter in which three terrorists and two security force personnel were killed. The spokesman said all the three militants belonged to Lashkar-e- Toiba. Two of them have been identified as Abu Qasim and Khawja Jaleel, both residents of Multan Pakistan. The identity of the third militant is yet to be ascertained. Three AK rifles, 12 grenades, 10 magazines and a wireless set were recovered from the slain militants. The Army spokesman said two soldier, identified as Dharmedra Kumar and Bela Kumar, were also killed. Meanwhile, the police recovered 5 kg of RDX from Athwajan this morning. They said the RDX was meant to carry out a blast in the city on the eve of Independence Day. Troops also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a militant hideout at Keran, Kupwara, near the Line of Control (LoC). The recoveries include two UBGLs, 100 UGBL grenades, 54 hand grenades, two RPG boosters, 12 IEDs and a pistol. In another operation, the police said security forces recovered four UBGL grenades, one timer, ten meters of electric wire and five IED boxes from Badran Magam in Budgam district. The police added that in Nilnar Baramulla, two grenades were recovered from the possession of a Lashkar worker who was arrested by the troops.