Showing posts with label Jammu and Kashmir. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jammu and Kashmir. Show all posts

Saturday, October 15, 2016

SSB trooper killed, six security men injured in Kashmir attack

SSB trooper killed, six security men injured in Kashmir attack

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Srinagar, Oct 14: A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper was killed and six other security personnel injured when guerrillas attacked their convoy on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday evening, police said.

An SSB trooper was killed and six other security men including five SSB troopers and a state police driver injured when militants attacked the convoy in Zakura area, 12 km from city centre Lal Chowk, around 7 p.m., police said.

"A 3-vehicle convoy of the SSB was returning after the day's law and order duties on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway when militants attacked it outside the industrial estate in Zakura area where the SSB troops are camped.

"One SSB jawan sustained critical injuries in the attack and later succumbed. Six other security men including five SSB jawans and a driver of the state police have been injured in the attack," said police, adding all the injured security men have been shifted to hospital. 

Police said that additional security forces have been rushed to the spot, while the area has been cordoned off for searches, but firing has, however, stopped.

The militants were believed to have fled the spot.

The attack, the second on security forces in the Kashmir Valley in less than a week, took place outside the highly sensitive Zakura industrial area that houses many offices and factories of small and medium businesses in Kashmir.

Militancy-related violence and terror attacks on security forces have surged in Jammu and Kashmir after the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Wani's death has sparked an unprecedented wave of protests in the Kashmir Valley, leaving over 90 people dead and thousands injured in clashes between protesters and security forces.

Earlier this week, two militants were killed after a three-day-long gun fight with security forces in Pampore area on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Life returns to normal in Jammu border villages

Life returns to normal in Jammu border villages

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Jammu, Oct 13: Life returned to normal on Thursday along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region almost a week after cross border firing ceased between India and Pakistan here.

Over 15,000 villagers from Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts returned home. 

They had migrated to safer places following Pakistan Rangers' repeated violation of the bilateral ceasefire agreement in the wake of the surgical strikes by India across the LoC.

While women and children continued to remain sheltered in makeshift accommodation provided by the authorities, men returned to their fields and homes for a short period during the day.

"One of the worst fears was that the ripe crops would go to waste if they weren't harvested," said Baldev, 45, a resident of R.S.Pura sector here. 

"If shells had continued to fall on our homes and fields as they did after September 30 for more than a week, we would not have dared to harvest our crops," he said.

It is not just the rice and other grains but even the vast fields of vegetables along the border that required picking.

Even the loitering herd have started hurrying home in the evenings lured by oilseed cakes and fodder that are stacked for the cows and buffaloes.

Village markets in Khour tehsil have again started opening for shoppers as tractor loads of vegetables have arrived from the cities.

Peace was never this fragile in Jammu and Kashmir, said the villagers here.

"When we hear artillery fire from either India or Pakistan, we realise that it's time to pack and run," said Satpal, 57, a resident of Hira nagar locality in Kathua district. 

"It has been the same story ever since I was born," Satpal said. 

Despite the uncertainty that looms on their lives and livelihood, living in the face of danger has made the border residents brave. 

"Nothing ever happens that Wahe Guru (God) cannot change for the better. When life and death are in his hands, why worry?" said Harjeet Singh, 80, from R.S.Pura.
Peoples Conference Party worker shot dead in Kashmir

Peoples Conference Party worker shot dead in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 12: A worker of the Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition partner, Peoples Conference, was shot by separatist guerrillas in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday and succumbed to his injuries in hospital, police said.

"Gulam Nabi Khoja was shot at outside his residence at Kralgund in Handwara tehsil today (Wednesday) evening. He was shifted to hospital in a serious condition where he succumbed," a police official said here.

The party is headed by Sajad Lone who is a minister in the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party government. Lone represents the Handwara constituency in the state assembly.
Three-day Kashmir gun battle ends, two militants killed

Three-day Kashmir gun battle ends, two militants killed

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Srinagar, Oct 12: A three-day-long gun battle between terrorists and security forces ended on Wednesday with the army killing two militants holed up in a multi-storey government building on the outskirts of Srinagar, authorities said.

The gunfight, one of the longest in the recent history of Kashmir's separatist war, left three security personnel injured on Monday when militants sneaked into the empty hostel building of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in saffron town of Pampore, some 12 km from here.

The resulting 60-hour standoff, which saw a heavy exchange of fire between militants and security forces, left the seven-floor hostel complex completely destroyed. The building with a capacity for 200 inmates was opened with state of the art facilities less than two years ago, JKEDI officials said.

Briefing the media, army and police officers said two suicide attackers, who had entered the complex on the banks of Jhelum River, were killed. One of them was killed on Tuesday evening and the second on Wednesday.

General Officer Commanding Ashok Narula said the operation was conducted to avoid collateral damage.

"We had to proceed very cautiously since the building where the militants were holed up had 60 rooms. Two terrorists have been eliminated without any casualty to the security forces and two weapons recovered," Narula said.

For three days, the security forces kept on aiming rockets, grenades and automatic gunfire at the building that had an exterior glass facade.

While parts of the building caught fire, the militants kept on changing positions inside the building and using their ammunition sparingly.

The entire JKEDI complex was illuminated with floodlights during the two nights of operation to ensure the guerrillas did not escape.

The seven-storey Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) hostel that was constructed with the help of central government funds for entrepreneurship development in the job-starved state is located on the banks of the river Jhelum.

The hostel building was vacant when the two militants sneaked into it on Monday from the river side. The institute had shifted much of its operations to Jammu in the wake of the current unrest in the Kashmir Valley. 

JKEDI officials told IANS that a couple of cooks were sleeping inside the building but they came out as soon as it became evident that the militants had occupied its top floor.

A caretaker, who stays in the complex 24 hours, said he saw smoke coming out of the top floor and called the fire brigade and police on Monday morning.

"We don't know exactly what happened and how the militants sneaked in and occupied the building. But fortunately there were no employees and no inmates," he said. 

The main building of the institute was attacked in February when three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed six persons - a civilian, three soldiers, and two paramilitary troopers. The militants were gunned down in the February battle that also raged for nearly three days.

The institute, situated on the strategic arterial road connecting Jammu and Srinagar, had three buildings - a guest house, a hostel complex and the main office building - on 3.5 acres of land. The main office building was gutted in the February shootout.

The road on which the institute is located is the lifeline not only for local supplies but is the only all-weather link used by the army to reach the Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters that is the nerve centre of the fight against militancy in the state.

The area around the building houses a government-owned joinery factory and a highly secured complex of medium and shortwave radio transmitters of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar.

Ironically, the government-funded autonomously-run institute had refused an earlier request for a police or paramilitary security cover fearing that it may deter young Kashmiri men and women from visiting the institute. The complex was guarded by unarmed private security guards.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir

Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 12: The army on Wednesday foiled an attempt by separatist guerrillas to infiltrate the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told IANS that the incident took place at Tangdhar sector.

"A group of heavily armed terrorists was challenged by the troops, forcing them to withdraw back into Pakistan," the officer said.

He said a search operation had been launched to ensure that no terrorist managed to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir.
Pampore Terrorist Attack, operation resumed against with militants

Pampore Terrorist Attack, operation resumed against with militants

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Srinagar, Oct 12: Security forces on Wednesday morning resumed operation against holed-up guerrillas inside a government building near Pampore town in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district as the standoff has continued for over 36 hours.

"There has been no firing from inside the hostel building of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) since today (Wednesday) morning," a senior police officer said.

Some unconfirmed reports have said that on Tuesday one militant was killed, but Defence sources said they would confirm it only after the body was recovered.

Security forces kept on pounding the building where the guerrillas armed with rockets, grenades and automatic gunfire have held the forces at bay.

Two security personnel and a policeman were injured as the militants fired from inside on Monday.

The 70-room, seven-storey building is located at Pampore on the banks of the river Jhelum and 12 km from the Srinagar city centre.

The joint operation was launched by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The main building of the institute was attacked in February when militants captured it and launched a major attack on security forces. Six persons - a civilian, three soldiers and two paramilitary troopers -- were killed then before the three militants were shot dead.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Standoff between holed-up guerrillas, security forces continues in Kashmir

Standoff between holed-up guerrillas, security forces continues in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 11: The standoff between security forces and guerrillas holed-up inside a government building near Pampore town in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district continued for the second day on Tuesday even as reports said one militant had been killed but there was no official confirmation yet.

Security forces kept on pounding the hostel of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) where guerrillas armed with rockets, grenades and automatic gunfire have been holding the security forces at bay for over 24 hours now.

While parts of the multi-storey building caught fire, guerrillas kept on changing position inside the building while using their ammunition sparingly, police said.

Reports said in the evening, one guerrilla had been killed in the operation and his body was lying inside the building.

Defence sources here said they would confirm the death only after the body was recovered.

"Although the entire complex has been illuminated with floodlights, there is complete darkness inside the building this time.

"We don't want to take any unnecessary casualties. The operation will be resumed with the first light tomorrow (on Wednesday)," a defence sources said.

Security forces had resumed the operation on Tuesday morning with rockets and heavy automatic weapons being used against the ensconced militants.

Two security personnel and a policeman were injured as the militants fired from inside the hostel building of the EDI on Monday after they entered the building.

The 70-room, seven-storey building is located at Pampore on the banks of the river Jhelum and 12 km from the Srinagar city centre.

The joint operation was launched by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). 

The main building of the institute was attacked in February when militants captured it and launched a major attack on security forces. Six persons - a civilian, three soldiers and two paramilitary troopers -- were killed then before the three militants were shot dead.
Nine injured as militants attack security forces with grenade J&K

Nine injured as militants attack security forces with grenade J&K

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Srinagar, Oct 11: Seven civilians and two paramilitary troopers were injured on Tuesday when suspected militants hurled a grenade at security forces in a south Kashmir village, police said.

The grenade exploded on the roadside in Bon Bazar area of Shopian district when a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) party was patrolling the area, a police officer said. 

The nine injured included four women. They have been shifted to a hospital, the police officer said.

The attack came as security forces are battling an unknown number of heavily-armed militants holed up inside a government building in Pampore area of Pulwama district, also in south Kashmir.
Two wounded as security forces battle militants

Two wounded as security forces battle militants

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Srinagar, Oct 10: Security forces on Monday battled a group of heavily-armed militants sheltered inside a government building near here, firing incendiary material that sparked a fire in the complex.

A soldier and a policeman were injured as the militants fired from inside the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Institute (JKEDI) in the fighting that began in the morning and was continuing over 12 hours later.

The 70-room, seven-storey building is located at Pampore on the banks of the river Jhelum and 12 km from the Srinagar city centre.

Officials said it had been surrounded from all sides to prevent the militants from escaping.

Security forces fired rockets and incendiary material due to which the building caught fire.

As the sun went down, security forces made arrangements to light up the complex so that the guerrillas, whose exact number is not known, do not flee under the cover of darkness.

"All escape routes have been sealed," said a senior police officer here.

While the guerrillas are using their ammunition sparingly, the security forces are using massive gunfire to isolate them.

But the security forces are avoiding to storm the building in order to avoid casualties.

The militants changed their positions constantly to avoid getting killed, one police officer said. 

The security forces earlier fired rockets and used light machine guns in a bid to localise the guerrillas.

The joint operation was launched by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soon after the militants' presence was reported.

A soldier was injured when he sustained a gunshot on his foot. A member of the Special Operations Group of the police was also wounded.

Residents in the area told IANS that the militants entered the institute from the river side and were holed up inside the hostel.

There were some JKEDI employees in the complex at the time of the attack but most said they were not sure how the militants got in.

"We don't know exactly what happened. We saw smoke coming out of the top floor of the hostel and called the fire brigade and police," one JKEDI employee told IANS. 

"When the security forces arrived, the militants began firing at them and suddenly guns were roaring from all sides," he added.

The main building of the institute was razed in February when militants captured it and launched a major attack on security forces.

Six persons - a civilian, three soldiers and two paramilitary troopers -- were killed then before three militants were gunned down.

The institute, situated on the strategic arterial road connecting Jammu and Srinagar, has three buildings - a guest house, a hostel complex and the main office building - on a 3.5-acre land on the Jhelum.

The road on which the institute is located is the lifeline not only for local supplies but is the only all-weather link used by the army to reach the Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters.

The area around the building houses a government-owned factory and a highly secured complex of medium and shortwave radio transmitters of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pampore Terrorist attack, two security personnel injured in J&K

Pampore Terrorist attack, two security personnel injured in J&K

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Srinagar, Oct 10: A soldier and a policeman were injured on Monday as security forces battled two to four guerrillas trapped in a government complex in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

A police officer said the heavily armed militants entered the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in Pampore town in the morning and began firing at security forces.

The multi-storey building is located on the banks of the Jhelum river, some 12 km from the Srinagar city centre.

The militants changed their positions constantly to avoid getting killed, the officer said. "They are firing intermittently and frequently changing their position inside the building."

The security forces fired rockets and used light machine guns in a bid to localize the guerrillas so as to launch a final assault without suffering major casualties, official sources said.

The joint operation was launched by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soon after the militants' presence was reported.

The fighting was raging for over six hours, officials said.

A soldier was injured when he sustained a gunshot on his foot.

"Security forces have surrounded the building and all escape routes have been sealed," a police officer said. The building has more than 200 rooms.

Residents in the area told IANS that the militants entered the institute from the river side and were holed up inside the hostel.

There were some JKEDI employees in the complex at the time of the attack but most said they were not sure how the militants got in.

"We don't know exactly what happened. We saw smoke coming out of the top floor of the hostel and called the fire brigade and police," one JKEDI employee told IANS. 

"When the security forces arrived, the militants began firing at them and suddenly guns were roaring from all sides," he added.

The main building of the institute was razed in February when militants captured it and launched a major attack on security forces.

Six persons - a civilian, three soldiers and two paramilitary troopers -- were killed then before three militants were gunned down.

The institute, situated on the strategic arterial road connecting Jammu and Srinagar, has three buildings - a guest house, a hostel complex and the main office building - on a 3.5-acre land on the Jhelum.

The road on which the institute is located is the lifeline not only for local supplies but is the only all-weather link used by the army to reach the Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters.

The area around the building houses a government-owned factory and a highly secured complex of medium and shortwave radio transmitters of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar.
Soldier injured in gunfight with terrorists in Pampore J&K

Soldier injured in gunfight with terrorists in Pampore J&K

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Srinagar, Oct 10: A soldier was injured on Monday in a gunfight that erupted after 2-3 militants opened fire at security forces from a government complex near Pampore town of south Kashmir's Pulwama district, police and eyewitnesses said.

The militants were trapped inside the seven-floor hostel building of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) located on the banks of the Jhelum river, some 12 km from the Srinagar city centre, officials said.

"Security forces have surrounded the building and all escape routes of the militants were sealed," a police officer said.

A soldier was hit by a bullet and has been evacuated to a nearby hospital, the officer said.

Residents living nearby told IANS that the militants entered the institute complex from the river side and captured the hostel building.

There were some JKEDI employees inside the complex at the time of the attack but most of them said they were not sure how the militants got inside.

"We don't know exactly what happened. We saw smoke coming out of the top floor of the hostel and called the fire brigade and police," a JKEDI employee told IANS, speaking on anonymity. 

"When the security forces arrived and militants began firing at them and suddenly there were guns roaring from all sides," he added. 

The main building of the institute was razed down in a February shootout when militants had captured it and launched a major attack on the security forces. 

Militants had killed six persons - a civilian, three soldiers, and two paramilitary troopers before three militants were gunned down in the battle that raged for nearly three days.

The institute, situated on the strategic arterial road connecting Jammu and Srinagar, has three buildings - a guest house, a hostel complex and the main office building - on a large swath of 3.5-acre land on the Jhelum.

The road on which the institute is located is the lifeline not only for local supplies but is the only all-weather link used by the army to reach the Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters that is the nerve centre of the fight against militancy in the state.

The area around the building houses a government-owned joinery factory and a highly secured complex of medium and shortwave radio transmitters of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Arms seized from dead terrorists had Pakistan markings

Arms seized from dead terrorists had Pakistan markings

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New Delhi, Oct 9:The Indian Army on Sunday said that weapons, explosives and grenades recovered from four terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir three days ago had Pakistan markings.

"Four terrorists were eliminated by army on the Line of Control (LoC) while trying to infiltrate (into Jammu and Kashmir) in Naugam sector," an army statement said. 

"Pakistan Ordinance Factory markings on the hand grenades and the UBGL Grenades recovered from the terrorists confirm Pakistan complicity in abetting and equipping terrorism," the statement said.

The hand grenades recovered are ARGES 84, which were manufactured by Pakistan ordinance factories, it said, adding Pakistani markings were also seen on medicines and eatable items recovered from the men.

Also seized were a large number of highly inflammable material like six plastic explosive slabs, six bottles of petroleum jelly, six bottles of inflammable liquid and six lighters.

In addition, the army found four AK-47 rifles and 16 magazines, a radio set, GPS, binocular, Samsung mobiles and first aid kit.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Protests in Srinagar after boy's death, clashes in other parts of Valley

Protests in Srinagar after boy's death, clashes in other parts of Valley

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Srinagar, Oct 8: Clashes broke out in Srinagar after a boy with pellet injuries died in hospital on Saturday, taking to 91 the toll in the nearly three month-long cycle of violence, and forcing authorities to impose curfew, while violent protests were also reported from other parts of the Kashmir Valley.

Twelve-year-old Junaid Ahmad Bhat of Saidpora area, who was admitted to a hospital with pellet injuries on Friday, died on Saturday morning, leading to tension. 

Bhat had been injured on Friday after security forces fired pellets at him. 

Local residents, as well as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Bhat had not been part of any protests in the area and his death needs to be probed.

PDP General Secretary Nizamuddin Bhat demanded a probe into the boy's death.

Hundreds of protesters, carrying Bhat's body, clashed with the security forces in Eidgah area, and the latter had to use tear smoke shells to disperse the mourners.

As trouble spread to other areas of Srinagar, authorities quickly imposed curfew in areas falling under seven police stations here.

The prevailing tension checked the progress towards peace in the city where private transport and pedestrian movement had nearly normalised during the last one week.

In the evening, tensions, however, decreased marginally in the uptown civil lines area where private vehicles moved following relaxation in protest schedule by the separatists from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m.

However, the old city areas did not witness any lowering of tensions where authorities continued with curfew to prevent protests and violence.

With the boy's death, as many as 91 people have died and over 12,000 injured during the last 92 days since July 9, when the current unrest started in the Valley after the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

For the 13th consecutive Friday, no congregational prayers were allowed inside the historic Jamia Masjid in old city's Nowhatta.

Authorities also foiled the separatist march to the uptown Sonawar area where the office of the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) is located.

Meanwhile, clashes also erupted in Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir and Bandipora in the north Kashmir after Friday prayers.

All educational institutions, public transport and main markets have remained shut in the Valley.

Train services between the Valley and Bannihal town in the Jammu region have also remained suspended during this period.
Soldier injured in Pakistan shelling on LoC in Jammu

Soldier injured in Pakistan shelling on LoC in Jammu

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Srinagar, Oct 8: An Indian soldier was injured on Saturday morning as the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Police said the Pakistan Army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing in Mendhar sector of the LoC.

"Pakistan shelling started at 5 a.m. and continued till 6.30 a.m. Indian Army retaliated effectively using same calibre weapons," the police said.
Policeman killed, two injured in Shopian Terror Attack

Policeman killed, two injured in Shopian Terror Attack

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Srinagar, Oct 7: A policeman was killed and two other persons, including a civilian, were injured Friday in a guerrilla attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, police said.

The attack ensued as militants tried to snatch the weapons of local policemen deployed at a "minority post" or armed guard deployed for protection of members of the Pandit community who continue to live in their homes in the Valley.

"Militants tried to snatch the weapons of policemen posted at Reshnagri minority post. The attempt was resisted by the policemen resulti ng in a shootout in which three persons, including a civilian and two policemen, were injured," a senior police official said here, adding that one of the injured policemen later succumbed to injuries

The militants managed to escape after the shootout, said the official, adding that a manhunt has been started to trace the assailants.

Guerrillas have been attacking the minority posts, especially in south Kashmir areas, to snatch weapons from the security guards at these posts.

Earlier this week, guerrillas had snatched five rifles from a minority post in Kulgam district.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Panic, disbelief in Kashmir as India makes surgical strikes

Panic, disbelief in Kashmir as India makes surgical strikes

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Srinagar, Sep 29: Panic, confusion and disbelief gripped Kashmir residents on Thursday as India said it carried out surgical strikes at terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists and their supporters.
Reports from Uri sector in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, where cross-border terrorist attack at an army camp on September 18 left 18 Indian troops killed, said people living close to the LoC have already started migrating to safer areas.
People were seen rushing home earlier than usual in Srinagar as the news of the surgical strikes by Indian special forces spread.
The Kashmir Valley has been shut for 83 consecutive days, following the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. However, there is no curfew anywhere in the valley.
“Whether a knife falls on a melon or a melon falls on the knife, it is always the melon that gets cut,” said Zahoor Ahmad, 52, a businessman in north Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
“In wars between India and Pakistan, the Kashmiris have always been the worst sufferers and if, God forbid, a war breaks out now, we would be at the receiving end again,” he stressed.
“Is the worst still to come? Is it already lurking in the dark? Will they (India and Pakistan) really be so mad so as to start a war which will destroy both?” cynically asked Abdul Gani, 58, while recalling the horrors of the 1965 war when he was a child.
“My mother would hide us in a dark room after serving an early dinner and speak in whispers,” Gani recalled.
There were others who wished to believe that there would be no war, given Pakistan’s denial of surgical strikes by India.
“I think it is just cross-border firing in which two Pakistani soldiers have been killed and nine others injured, which is being overplayed to satisfy bruised egos,” said Professor Muzaffar Ahmad, a college principal.
“I don’t think any country, much less a country like Pakistan, would eat a humble pie by not even admitting that an incident like surgical strikes within their territory had taken place,” he added.
“People have started shifting with their families to safer places away from the LoC in Uri areas after today’s (Thursday) development,” said an official.
Reports said the Centre had spoken to the state government about “hot pursuit launched across the LoC against militants ready to infiltrate into J&K”, but there was no official word so far from any leader of the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition over the development.
A senior state minister said it was a wait-and-watch situation while contingency plans about evacuation of the border area residents were already in place.
“We are glued to our television. These TV channels have already declared a war even before the fighter planes start hovering over our heads,” said local lawyer Suhail Ahmad, 32.
“It appears that everybody anchoring news programmes on TV news channels is a foot soldier already fighting a full-fledged war,” he added.
Fidayeen attack on army camp in Kashmir, one BSF trooper killed

Fidayeen attack on army camp in Kashmir, one BSF trooper killed

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Srinagar, Oct 3: An Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmirs Baramulla district came under attack by fidayeen militants on Sunday night and heavy firing was witnessed. One BSF trooper was killed while another was injured in the gunfight.
The situation at the Rashtriya Rifles camp was later contained, the Northern Command of Indian Army said.
“Baramulla Incident situation contained and under control,” the Northern Command said in a tweet from its official twitter handle.
The camp is located in Jabanzpora in Baramulla, around 60 km from Srinagar.
The attack comes two weeks after the terror attack on an army camp in Uri, which is also in Baramulla district. The September 18 attack on Uri left 17 soldiers dead, while two soldiers died later.
“Militants fired at the RR camp in Janbazpora area of Baramulla town late tonight.. at the outpost of the camp that is manned by the BSF (Border Security Force) troopers. A gunfight started after the militants’ firing was retaliated.” a senior police officer told IANS on phone from Baramulla town.
Two BSF troopers were injured in the gunfight, one of who died later.
Personnel of the border guarding force BSF, which is under the operational command of the Army in this area, stay in the camp along with soldiers.
According to officials, the attack started around 10.30 p.m. when the fidayeen tried to enter the camp. Camp security was however not been breached, said informed sources.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah meanwhile tweeted: “Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area.”
Meanwhile, Heavy cross-border firing was underway late on Sunday night in Jammu and Kashmir’s Jammu district as Pakistan Rangers opened indiscriminate fire on Indian positions in the Akhnoor sector and the Indian side retaliated, police said.
Cross border firing is often used to give cover to militants for infiltrating on the Indian side.
This comes within days of India carrying out a surgical attack on terror camps across border.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Kupwara terrorist attack on army camp, 3 Pakistani terrorists killed

Kupwara terrorist attack on army camp, 3 Pakistani terrorists killed

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Srinagar, Oct 6: Three Pakistani terrorists were killed on Thursday in a gunfight that erupted after they attacked a counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR) camp in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, an army officer said.

Heavily armed terrorists dressed in army fatigues attacked the 30 RR camp situated in Langate town of Kupwara district at 5.10 a.m. on Thursday, but the attack was foiled.

"Our sentries, who were on high alert carried out retaliatory fire to deny terrorists who entered our fencing. Our quick reaction team was activated. They localised the area where the terrorists were spotted, and after that they carried out sanitisation of the area. Three Pakistani terrorists were eliminated," Colonel Rajiv Saharan of 30 RR told the media in Handwara. 

The army officer said a huge quantity of arms and ammunition and communication devices were recovered from the slain terrorists. 

"These terrorists were carrying huge quantity of arms and ammunition and other war like stores, including three AK 47 rifles, two under barrel grenade launchers, large quantity of small arms, ammunition and grenades, GPS radio sets, maps, metric sheets and food and communications stores," he said. 

The security personnel are still carrying out combing and search operations. 

"Operation is still continuing, sanitisation of the area is not yet complete," added the officer.

Colonel Rajesh Kalia, spokesman of the Indian Army's Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told IANS earlier that alert guards at the 30 RR camp in Langate located close to a civilian facility foiled the terrorists' attempt to enter the camp by breaching its security periphery.

On October 3, a BSF trooper was killed and another injured when separatist militants attacked the camp of 47 RR in Janbazpora area of Baramulla town.

The guerrillas, however, managed to escape.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Soldiers giving befitting reply to counter terrorism: Rajnath Singh

Soldiers giving befitting reply to counter terrorism: Rajnath Singh

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Leh, Oct 3: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the Indian Army is giving a “befitting reply” to counter terrorism as well as to continuous ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).
“Our soldiers and army are giving a befitting reply,” Singh said in reaction to Sunday night’s attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Baramulla town of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as continuous ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.
Militants attacked a camp of the counter-insurgency 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Janbazpora area of Baramulla on Sunday night. One BSF trooper was killed and another injured in exchange of fire during the attack and counter terrorism operation.
Rajnath Singh made the remarks after reaching Leh on his two-day visit to Ladakh as part of the central government’s efforts to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.
The visit comes as tension escalated along the Line of Control and the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at seven terror launch pads on September 29 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Singh also said that he will meet the delegation from Leh and Ladakh people and listen to their problems. “I will try to resolve their problems,” Singh added.
Earlier, 19 soldiers were martyred in the September 18 terror attack at an army camp in Uri town of north Kashmir.
Rahul Gandhi condemns Baramulla terrorist attack on army camp

Rahul Gandhi condemns Baramulla terrorist attack on army camp

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New Delhi, Oct 3: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Monday condemned the terrorist attack on an army base camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, saying that “terror and hatred” can never succeed against the “courage and resolve of soldiers”.
“Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the army base in Baramulla. Terror and hatred can never succeed against the courage and resolve of our bravehearts,” Gandhi said in his tweet.
“My thoughts and prayers are with our soldiers as they defend and protect our country. Salute to the martyr who laid down his life,” he also tweeted.
Gandhi’s remarks came after militants attacked a camp of the counter-insurgency 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Janbazpora area of Baramulla.
The terrorist attack on the RR and the adjacent Border Security Force’s (BSF) camps started around 10.30 p.m. on Sunday, and heavy firing continued till midnight. One BSF trooper was killed while another was injured in the gunfight.