Eight killed in battle at Kashmir army residence


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  • Thursday, 30 Oct 2003

SRINAGAR: Eight people were killed yesterday in Indian Kashmir including two children and a woman shot dead in a gunbattle at a residence for army families, police said.  

Troops killed a militant allegedly involved in the Sunday derailment of a train after a four-hour shootout at the family quarters for army engineers at Akhnoor on the outskirts of the winter capital Jammu, police said. 

Police said two militants involved in the train attack had been killed on Monday in a gunbattle from which a third suspect escaped. The surviving militant broke into the family quarters late on Tuesday, police said. 

Commandos raided the residences early yesterday and the militant opened fire indiscriminately, shooting dead two children and a woman and injuring eight other people, before he was killed, police said. 

Militants had detonated explosives on the tracks on Sunday at Samba, 50km south of Jammu, derailing the New Delhi-bound Shalimar Express but causing no casualties. 

Separately yesterday, 16 civilians and two policemen were injured when suspected militants lobbed a grenade at a security patrol. The grenade missed its target and exploded in a busy market, a police spokesman said. 

One of the injured civilians was rushed for treatment to the summer capital Srinagar after the attack in Anantnag, 50km south of here, the spokesman said. 

Indian troops shot dead two rebels in a gunbattle in the southern Doda district yesterday while two militants were killed elsewhere, police said. 

The hardline Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba has warned it will increase attacks during Ramadan.  

The fresh violence also comes after the killing of the operations commander of Kashmir's most active rebel group Hizbul Mujahedin in Srinagar on Monday. – AFP  

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