Eight infiltrators killed while sneaking into Kashmir
30 June 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Eight suspected infiltrators were gunned down early Friday near the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, while a village headman was shot and five civilians were injured in a blast in other incidents in the state.According to a senior police officer here, eight guerrillas were killed by Indian troops on the LoC in the Keran sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, 150 km from here.The gunfight had begun when the eight heavily armed infiltrators tried to sneak into the Indian side Thursday night, he added.'The group of infiltrators was challenged and asked to surrender. However, they opened heavy fire on the troops who surrounded them. In the fierce gunbattle that ended early today, eight guerrillas were gunned down by the troops,' said Kupwara district police chief Vijay Kumar.Security forces recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the site.In another incident, guerrillas late Thursday shot dead Ghulam Ahmed Wani, a village headman at Akhal near Kangan, 40 km from here. A posse of Rashtriya Rifles troops was also attacked at Koimoh near Kulgam in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, 80 km from here, Thursday evening. Five civilians were injured in the grenade blast.