June 2007 News

IED blast on Handwara road

21 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: Militants triggered a landmine blast at Janbazpora on Baramullah- Handwara road today. However, there was no damage. Police said that unknown militants set off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at 3pm at Janbazpora, which however, failed to cause any damage. Sources said that the IED was planted to target security forces vehicles, which use the route more often. The IED exploded when there was no movement of troops in the area. The IED appeared to have been triggered prematurely, sources said. In a separate incident, Army recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Machil sector near Line of Control in Kupwara district. Sources said that Army raided a militant hideout at Malodi in border area on a specific information, and recovered four AK rifles, eight magazines, 115 cartridges, four wireless sets, 70 detonators and other ammunition. An official spokesman said that police apprehended a person identified as Arif Hussain Naikoo, son of Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Shaheedi Chowk, Kishtwar at Chakoora village in Pulwama district. He said that questioning of the youth revealed that he was an activist of Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit. A case has been registered in this regard and police has taken up investigations. Hizbul Mujahideen said that its activists shot dead a gunman who was involved in the killing of two civilians at Kellar in Pulwama district. The slain gunman was identified as Liaqat Khatana son of Mohammad Khatan, a resident of Bharmuna, Kalakote, Rajouri.

 

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