Police: 2 Islamic Rebels Killed in Mosque Siege in Indian Kashmir

September 30, 2007


Source: AOL News

Wire Service: AP


Soldiers stormed a mosque in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, killing two suspected rebels who were hiding inside during a 20-hour siege, officials said Sunday.

The alleged militants were killed after they opened fire on troops who had chased them inside a mosque in Tujan village, 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of Srinagar, the biggest city in Jammu-Kashmir state, said senior police official Ashiq Bukhari. The soldiers fired smoke shells inside and shattered windows with their gunfire, but police officials said the mosque was not seriously damaged.

Indian soldiers and police officers launched a search operation Saturday in Tujan village after receiving tips that militants were in the village, said Bukhari. Suspected rebels shot at the soldiers, who had cordoned off the village, and then found refuge inside the mosque, Bukhari said.