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Two militant attacks kill 4

With stone-throwing incidents in the Valley coming down, militants on Tuesday entered the arena with bullets.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2010 01:01 IST
HT Correspondents

With stone-throwing incidents in the Valley coming down, militants on Tuesday entered the arena with bullets.

Security forces were attacked in two places in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajouri and Sopore, leading to the death of three policemen and a civilian woman.

Thirteen people, including two soldiers, were injured.

The strikes come a day the Prime Minister reached out to Kashmiris in a televised speech.

The Commanding Officer of 48 Rashtriya Rifles had a narrow escape in Thanna Mandi area of Rajouri district, about 180 km north of Jammu, on Tuesday night when suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba men attacked an army convoy.

The driver and the personal security officer of the CO were injured in the ambush at Debo Nullah on Thanna Mandi-Poonch Road.

DIG (Rajouri-Poonch range) S.D. Singh told HT over phone: “The three Lashkar terrorists involved in this incident had infiltrated from across the Line of Control about 20 days ago.”

According to the police, between 8.30 am and 8.45 am, militants attacked the army convoy. They also fired at a bus and killed a woman, Kiran Bala of Nowshera, and injured 11.

A senior police officer involved in the operation said, “After a few hours, the police and the army started hunting for the attackers. There is a chance that they have fled the area.”

While the Lashkar is held responsible for the Thana Mandi attack, as it is a strong LeT belt, no body has so far taken the responsibility of the Sopore attack.

In Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, 45 km from summer capital Srinagar, militants attacked the house of Mohammad Abdullah Dar of Democratic Nationalist Party on Wednesday night, killing three policemen.”

Sopore is the stronghold of hard-line separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and had been a Hizb-ul Mujahiddin (HuM) base for the last 20 years.

District police chief Altaf Khan said, “In Sopore, we have eliminated about 21, including 12 top-ranking militants of Lashkar and HuM.” “Throughout the year, they attacked our police station. Now that we have struck back finally, they are trying to find soft targets.”