3 CRPF jawans killed as Hizb men trigger blast
23 January 2007
Srinagar: Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed and five others seriously injured when militants detonated an improvised explosive device at Brah-Bodina in south Kashmir on Tuesday. The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen told a local news agency that its militants carried out the attack. Vehicle damaged A CRPF column was on its way to the Panzgam camp in the Awantipore police district, when the militants, hiding nearby, detonated the IED. The vehicle was badly damaged, the police said. The injured were rushed to Bijbehara, wherejawan Zen Thomas died, while S.K. Mishra and radio operator Ganesh Kumar succumbed to their injuries on way to the Soura Medical Institute here, CRPF spokesman Prabhakar Tripathi said. The condition of head constable Divendar is said to be critical. Earlier, suspected militants hurled a grenade at a BSF party at Main Chowk in Bandipora township in north Kashmir, injuring a trooper. The incident occurred soon after security forces defused an IED near the Jamia Masjid Qadeem in the highland Bandipora town. Militants have intensified their attacks on security forces, with the Jammu and Kashmir Government planning to organise Republic Day celebrations in all district headquarters and two main functions in Jammu and Srinagar.