3 militants, civilian killed
7 January 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: In a joint operation, Budgam Police and Border Security Force (BSF) have killed two militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam district. Meanwhile, a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant has been slaughtered by suspected militants who have also gunned down a 16-year-old student in Pattan area of Baramulla district today. Informed sources told the EXCELSIOR that over a specific information, Budgam Police and BSF 42 Bn conducted a cordon-and-search operation at Dalwan village in Chrar-e-Sharief area in the afternoon today. According to the tip off, two Kashmiri militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad were present in the village. Sources said that during the operation, the holed up militants made an attempt to escape but they were both gunned down in a brief encounter. Officials said that two AK-56 rifles, besides two mobile phone sets of BSNL and Airtel SIM cards were recovered from the possession of the militants killed. Official sources identified the militants killed as Fayaz Ahmed Sheikh alias Muzzamil Jihadi S-o Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh R-o Zainapora, Shopian, and Shabir Ahmed Rather S-o Abdul Aziz Rather R-o Fassipora, Pulwama. Officials claimed that both were cadres of Jaish-e-Mohammad. An identity card recovered from Muzammil Jihadi described him as 'Tehsil Commander'. Sources said that unidentified gunmen, believed to be militants, appeared at Andergam, Pattan, late this evening and they shot dead a 16-year-old Class 9th student, namely Sajjad Ahmed Mir S-o Abdul Gani Mir, at his residence. While some reports said that Mir had maintained a liaison with troops of RR 29 Bn, others said that his militant brother had surrendered before security forces in Srinagar earlier last year. Sources said that dead body of one Faisal Amin Bhat S-o Mohammad Amin Bhat R-o Khushal Mattoo, Batapora, Sopore, was recovered today from the same locality. Official sources said that Faisal Amin was a local militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba and a close associate of the lately killed Munna Janwari. According to official records he had been working as an active militant since August last year. He was found to have been tortured and slaughtered to death. Even as an independent version was not available immediately, officials believe that Faisal Amin had been suspected as an informant, in two of the recent operations, by his organisation and subsequently slaughtered to death. Agencies Add Havaldar Mohammad Ishaq of Territorial Army succumbed to wounds in the hospital early today. He was wounded in a grenade blast at Shopian in South Kashmir yesterday in which two people were killed and 25 others, including four soldiers, were injured. Police said a woman died in mysterious circumstances at Malangam Bandipora in Baramulla district last night. Sources said security forces apprehended a Lashkar militant, identified as Bilal Ahmad Najar, at Bathara-Lach village in Handwara area of Kupwara district last night. Two Chinese hand grenades were also seized from his possession. Prompt action by police today prevented damage to the forests in Baramulla district as they put off a fire that broke out in the wee hours, sources said. Fire broke out in the forests adjacent to Azadpora and Ifshanpora villages and spread fast in the adjoining area this morning, the sources said. However, police swung into action and put off the fire and prevented it from spreading to other area, sources said. Meanwhile, four houses and a cowshed were gutted in separate fire incidents in Valley today. A residential house and a cowshed were completely gutted in a fire at Marhama village while two houses were damaged at Qamarwari in the city, sources said adding electric short circuit was the cause for fire. Fire also broke out at Khurbatpora village under police station Damhal Hanjipora in Anantnag district causing damage to a residential house. Cause of the fire was being ascertained.