16 killed in Kashmir violence

Published January 12, 2002

SRINAGAR, Jan 11: Sixteen people, mainly guerillas, were killed on Friday in fresh violence in Jammu and Kashmir which is at the heart of a military standoff between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, police said.

Also on Friday, unidentified guerillas hurled a grenade at an army vehicle in the heart of Srinagar, but missed their target and caused no damage or injuries, a police statement said.

“Terrorists lobbed a grenade towards a security force vehicle... which missed the target and exploded on the road without causing any damage,” the statement said.

Six Mujahideen were killed in a fierce gunbattle in the Anantnag district south of Srinagar, police said.

In another shootout, an Indian soldier, a civilian and two militants were killed in the Kapran area, police said. Elsewhere four militants, an Indian paramilitary officer and a civilian, were killed in separate shootouts in the valley, police said.

ID CARDS: Paramilitary border guards in occupied Kashmir on Friday stopped police and army vehicles to check the identity cards of the uniformed men on board, witnesses said.

The exercise, the first of its kind in recent years, came ahead of India’s Republic Day on Jan 26, for which Indian authorities are taking extra security measures to prevent attacks.

The national holiday is commemorated as “black day” by Kashmiri Mujahideen.—AFP / Reuters

Opinion

A velvet glove

A velvet glove

The general didn’t have an easy task when he took over, but in retrospect, he managed it rather well.

Editorial

Updated 24 May, 2022

Marching in May

MORE unrest. That is the forecast for the weeks ahead as the PTI formally proceeds with its planned march on...
24 May, 2022

Policy rate hike

THE State Bank has raised its policy rate by 150bps to 13.75pc, hoping that its latest monetary-tightening action...
24 May, 2022

Questionable campaign

OVER the past couple of days, a number of cases have been registered in different parts of the country against...
23 May, 2022

Defection rulings

By setting aside the existing law to prescribe their own solutions, the institutions haven't really solved the crisis at hand.
23 May, 2022

Spirit of the law

WOMEN’S right to inheritance is often galling for their male relatives in our patriarchal society. However, with...
23 May, 2022

Blaming others

BLAMING the nebulous ‘foreign hand’ for creating trouble within our borders is an age-old method used by the...