Militant Killed; Arms Recovered
9 January 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: A militant was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Baramulla district of North Kashmir, official sources said today. An unidentified militant was killed in a gunbattle at Kota-Satri village in Bandipora area last night, they said. The exchange of fire took place when security forces, acting on a tip-off, launched a search operation to flush out hiding militants. An AK assault rifle and some ammunition were recovered from the dead, whose identity and group affiliation is being ascertained, the sources said. In another incident, militants thrashed a Forest Protection Force guard Fayaz Ahmad Paddar at Haf village of Zainapora in Pulwama district last night. Paddar was abducted by militants from the village and severely beaten before he was set free this morning, the sources said adding he was hospitalized. Meanwhile, security forces today recovered a huge cache of arms and explosives, including a sniper rifle and 28 grenades of various types, from two militant hide-outs in separate operations in Kupwara and Anantnag districts. Acting on a tip-off, security forces smashed a militant hide-out at Mazmoon Top near the Line of Control (LoC) in Karnah sector in Kupwara district, the spokesman said. Meanwhile, a 10-year-old girl was killed by a Leopard in North Kashmir this morning, a police spokesman said. He said Shabina Akhter, daughter of Rafiq Ahmed Khan was attacked and injured by a leopard at Beighpora in the North Kashmir district of Baramulla. She was immediately shifted to the Sub-District hospital at Achabal where she succumbed to her injuries. About a dozen people have been killed by wild animals in the Kashmir Valley since November last year. Officials said that there were 60 to 70 incidents of man-animal conflicts in 2006.