Violence Ups In Kashmir: 6 Militants, Soldier Killed
21 January 2008
Srinagar: Ahead of India's republic day, violence in Kashmir has increased and at least six militants and a soldier were killed in three separate encounters today. A top police officer of North Kashmir, Nitish Kumar told NewsBlaze that police on a specific information launched an operation in village Aliyaal Pora, Shopian in south Kashmir in the wee hours today. He said that during the combing operation, militants fired upon the soldiers. The fire was returned by the troops and in the ensuing gunfight, which lasted for more than four hours, two militants owing allegiance to Pakistan based militant group, Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed. One of the slain militants was identified as Tahir-ul-Islam. Another militant is being identified. Meanwhile, three more Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed in a 36 hour long gunbattle with Indian army and police personnel at Mandigam, Handwara in North Kashmir. A house and a cowshed were completely gutted in the gunfight. The slain militants were said to be Pakistani nationals. A police officer claimed that three AK rifles and some ammunition was recovered from the encounter site. Two police men and an army soldier were injured in the shoot-out and were hospitalized. In another gunfight in North Kashmir, a militant and a policeman were killed in a shoot- out at Zachaldara, Handwara. The deceased policeman was identified as Constable Ashraf.