January 2006 News

Suspected fidayeen killed in Poonch

12 January 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent

Srinagar: A suspected fidayeen was shot dead by Army when he made an unsuccessful attempt to intrude into an Army post along with grenades in Khanetar area of Poonch district in early hours of this morning. In another incident, an Army jawan of Rashtriya Rifles, who was injured in an encounter with the militants at Salwa, Gursai in Mendhar tehsil last night, succumbed to his injuries. As reported, two militants were killed in the encounter. Army sources said a suspected fidayeen was seen rushing towards an Army post by the Sentry on duty in Khanetar area of Poonch district at 1 am today. The Sentry asked the youth to stop but he paid no heed and tried to force his way inside the post. The Sentry opened firing killing him on spot. In the morning, body of the suspect was recovered from outside the Army post. From his possession, troops recovered two grenades, one pouch and one radio set. He was later identified as Mohd Javed, 19, son of Mohd Sadiq, a resident of Chunga, Mendhar. Mohd Sadiq told Army and police officials that his son had been kidnapped by two foreign mercenaries from his house at 5 pm yesterday. 'There is a possibility that the militants might have lured the youth to carry out the attack on Army post', the sources said, adding the attack was foiled by the alert Army Sentry. Local people, however, denied that Mohd Javed was a fidayeen. Sources said an inquiry is being conducted into the statement of Mohd Sadiq that his son had been kidnapped by the militants. 'If the boy was kidnapped at 5 pm, as stated by Sadiq, why a report of kidnapping was not lodged with police'? they asked. Further investigations in the case are being conducted. Meanwhile, an Army soldier, who was injured in an encounter with the militants at Salwa, Gursai in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district late last night, today succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as Naik Om Raj. His body was today sent to his native town. Two militants, who were killed in the encounter, were today identified as Nazir Ahmed alias Abu Zaro, a resident of Pakistan’s Punjab province and Sher Khan, both activists of Hizbul Mujahideen Pir Panjal Regiment (HMPPR). From the scene of encounter, security forces recovered two AK rifles with four magazines, two Alinco radio sets, one mobile telephone and some incriminating documents.


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