India Denies Rebel Claims of Deadly Kashmir Suicide Attack

Published November 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

India on Wednesday denied claims by a Pakistan-based Muslim militant outfit that 30 Indian soldiers had died in the restive state of Kashmir following a suicide attack by Islamic guerrillas. 

Indian defense spokesman Pramod Bhatnagar told AFP the report was untrue. 

"We have no information to this effect and it appears to be completely false and malicious," he said.  

Amiruddin Mughal, a spokesman for the Harkat ul Mujahideen rebel group said in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, that the attack on the Indian posts in Kashmir's Nowshehra region was staged late Tuesday. 

He claimed the 13-member suicide squad comprised militants from the Harkat ul Mujahideen and an allied outfit, Harkat ul Jihad-e-Islami. 

"At least 30 Indian troopers were killed while several others were injured in the fierce encounter," Mughal said. 

Nowshehra sector is located across the Line of Control (LoC) on the Indian side of the Himalayan territory divided between Pakistan and India. It faces the Samahni sector in the Pakistan controlled part of Kashmir. 

"Three mujahideen, two belonging to Harkat ul Mujahideen and one to Harkat ul Jihad-e-Islami, were also martyred while four others were wounded in retaliatory fire by the enemy troops," Mughal said. 

More than 34,000 people have died in the 11-year old separatist movement in the Indian held zone of Kashmir. 

India blames Pakistan for fueling the unrest. Islamabad denies the charge saying it extends only political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris' struggle for their right to self-determination. 

India and Pakistan have fought two wars and a border conflict over Kashmir which is claimed by both -- NEW DELHI (AFP)  

 

 

 

 

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