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Militants attack army convoy in J&K; One dead, 16 hurt
Mukhtar Ahmed in Srinagar | September 02, 2003 14:00 IST
Last Updated: September 02, 2003 15:55 IST
One person was killed and 16 others, including six army personnel, injured when militants detonated a powerful Improvised Explosive Device at Chirsoo-Awantipora along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Tuesday.
Ranjit Singh, an army driver, was killed in the blast, which took place two days after security forces killed Ghazi Baba, the Jaish-e-Mohammad operational commander in Jammu and Kashmir.
Six army personnel and ten civilians were injured in the gunfire between security forces and the militants following the blast, the sources said.
The blast took place minutes after traffic on the national highway was resumed around midday after militants blew up a culvert on the road at Lawlordra-Qazigund, nearly 80 km from Srinagar, in the wee hours of Tuesday.
The militants also opened fire on the convoy, engaging them in a gunfight, a defence spokesman said.
He said the injured, six army personnel and four civilians, were airlifted to army base hospital in Srinagar.
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