Militants attack complex lodging passengers, two ultras killed
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, April 6, IRNA
Just the evening before the launch of the historic Srinagar-Muzaffarbad bus service, militants attacked a building in the complex where 24 passengers, who are to undertake the journey tomorrow were lodged, setting it fire but all of them were safe.
Five people, including seven civilians, were injured.
Two militants involved in the attack were killed by security forces after heavy exchange of fire lasting nearly two hours.
State Road Transport Corporation building, which is adjacent to the Tourist Reception Center where the passengers had been lodged, was destroyed in the fire that broke out after militants carried out the attack.
About 50 civilians working in various government offices in the compound have been evacuated.
Four militant outfits (Al-Nasireen, Al-Arifeen, Save Kashmir Movement and Farzandan-e-Millat outfits), who had threatened passengers against travelling by the bus, have claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
Fire fighters were struggling to control the blaze in both the buildings.
The attack came at a time when security forces were on high alert across the Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile the Union Home Ministry held a high-level meeting presided by Home Minister Shivraj Patil to review the security scenario in Srinagar and adjoining areas following the militants' attack.
::IRNA No.048 06/04/2005 17:56 --End
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