3 Pak militants killed in Valley
18 December 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Three of the six militants, who had got trapped in three separate operations in Bandipore and Lolab, have been killed by Police and security forces since last evening. Meanwhile, some separatist organisations' call for 'Jammu and Kashmir shutdown' against yesterday's incident at Kot Bhalwal jail of Jammu, has completely failed to evoke any response. Informed sources told the EXCELSIOR that the joint operation of RR 14 Bn, RR 15 Bn, marine commandoes and Police, has ended with the death of both the holed up militants at Kota Satrena, near Sumlar, in Bandipore area of Baramulla district. They have been identified as Saifullah and Khalid alias Zubair. Officials said that both of them were Pakistani cadres of Jaish-e- Mohammad. Residential houses of a J&K Police constable, presently posted in Shopian, and his son were destroyed in the overnight gunbattle. Sources said that troops of RR 18 Bn and SOG Kupwara destroyed the house of one Gula Mir S-o Rustum Mir fully and that of his brother Saifullah Mir partially during the overnight gunbattle at Mahi Mohalla in Lalpora village of Lolab in Kupwara district. Sources said that both the militants believed to be hiding at the target house were suspected to have died though only one dead body had been spotted and recovered by late this evening. Officials identified the militant killed as Abdullah alias Alfa Alfa, a Pakistani cadre of Lashkar-e-Toiba. Sources said that both the militants hiding at a house in Kakar Mohalla of Divar in Lolab, Kupwara, managed to escape, while causing injuries to a constable of SOG Kupwara. SOG and troops of RR 18 Bn had launched the operation over a specific information last evening. Sources said that Police and security forces busted a militant hideout in Handwara area and seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition. Meanwhile, a joint call of Hurriyat (Geelani), Dukhtaraan-e-Millat and High Court Bar Association, asking the people of the state to observe a total shutdown in Kashmir and Jammu over yesterday's incident at Kot Bhalwal jail, has totally failed. Shops, business establishments, government offices, banks and all modes of private and passenger traffic operated normally in the capital city of Srinagar as well as all districts headquarters and major townships in Valley. 21 prisoners and 15 Police personnel had sustained injuries in a clash between the prisoners and Police at Kot Bhalwal on Sunday.