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J&K gunfights kill eight

When Major G.S. Suri and Naik Khushal Singh spotted the house in a narrow village alley, they decided to storm it through the attic to surprise Musa and Pasha. But they were out of luck.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2009 00:38 IST
HT Correspondents

When Major G.S. Suri and Naik Khushal Singh spotted the house in a narrow village alley, they decided to storm it through the attic to surprise Musa and Pasha. But they were out of luck.

The two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorists inside were lying in wait. Both armymen were killed.

This was one of the two encounters at Boniyari in Bandipora, about 50 km north of Srinagar that security forces had with Hizb men on Tuesday.

In the other incident, two Lashkar-e-Tayyeba men, Ubaid and Mohsin, were killed on Wednesday at Laoda in Baramulla, 65 km northwest of Srinagar. Two more security men, including a naval commando, died in this battle.

The clashes come in the wake of more frequent infiltration bids — 260 this year — along the Line of Control. Also, 199 infiltrators entered the Kashmir Valley during the first six months this year, up from 117 in corresponding period last year.

Indian intelligence agencies informed the government that after the November 26, 2008 Lashkar attacks in Mumbai, Pakistan set up 10 more terrorist training schools, taking the total number to 62.

On Wednesday, both Musa and Pasha were finally killed as the army blew up the house after Major Suri’s death. Musa had been operating in the Valley for the last six years, while Pasha joined him a year ago.