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Counter insurgent leader killed,16 injured,tragedy averted in valley

Written by: Staff

Srinagr, Apr 5 (UNI) A counter insurgent leader was killed and 16 others injured while security forces averted a major tragedy in the Kashmir valley today, official sources said.

They said militants shot dead a counter insurgent leader Mohammad Yousuf Ganaie inside a vehicle at bus stand Tawheed Gunj in Baramulla, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir this afternoon.

They said two women were injured in the firing. However, locals claimed security forces passing through the area mistook it an attack on them and opened fire in which Taja Begum and Jana Begum were injured. They were admitted to hospital here.

Sources said Ganaie was on way to his village Nadihal when the incident took place.

Ganaie has unsuccessfully contested Assembly election on Awami League ticket in 2002. The Awami league was formed by counter insurgent late Mohammad Yousuf Parray, alias Kuka Parray.

They said militants hurled a hand grenade towards security forces at Kulgam in south Kashmir district of Anantnag and four CRPF personnel and 10 civilians were injured in the explosion.

The injured were hospitalised, they said, adding the area was immediately cordoned off and a massive search operation launched to nab the militants responsible for the blast.

Security forces today averted a major tragedy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway when they detected and defused a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by militants at Zewan morh. Traffic on the highway was suspended for about an hour.


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