Prominent attacks on political leaders
and activists in 2002
October 8: Two
suspected fidayeen (suicide) terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)
lobbed grenades and opened fire at the Town Hall polling station
No. 4 in Doda district on the day of final phase of polling to the
State Legislative Assembly. Two SF personnel were killed and four
other SF personnel and a voter were injured in this attack. In retaliatory
firing by SFs, while one of the terrorists was killed, his associate
managed to escape. Official sources said that a note recovered from
the pocket of the slain terrorist carried four names including Minister
of State for Home Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardhy, Ghulam Hussain Shah,
Zaffar Ullah and Ghulam Hassan Tak, all ruling National Conference
(NC) leaders. "Recovery of the names indicated that these four persons
could be target of the terrorists especially on the polling day",
said an unnamed police official.
Terrorists engineered another blast at Berli on the Doda-Bharat
road. Target of the grenade attack was reportedly a private vehicle
carrying SF personnel from one polling station to the other. However,
there were no casualties in this blast.
In an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion under a private
vehicle that was shifting polling duty officials back to their rest
house at Zainihal, six persons including two polling officials,
one police personnel, two Special Police Officers (SPO) and driver
of the vehicle were injured.
Two IEDs were detonated by terrorists near the polling stations
at Lambar and Sumbar in Banihal. No casualties were reported in
An IED was safely defused outside a polling station at Dandi in
Bhaderwah by SFs.
At Wullarhama, Pahalgam, terrorists fired a rifle grenade towards
a polling station where re-poll was going on. It exploded 100 yards
away from the target causing injuries to two police personnel.
October 7: Unidentified
terrorists triggered an explosion at Beoli village, about four kms
from Doda district, targeting a three-member police party, which
was heading towards a polling station on election duty. A police
personnel and a Special Police Officer (SPO) were killed in the
blast while another SPO was injured.
Terrorists detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) outside
the Labbar polling station in the Marmat area of Doda. No casualties
were reported in this blast.
Terrorists lobbed a grenade on the house of an independent candidate
from Kishtwar near mini-bus stand in Kishtwar town. No loss of life
or injuries was reported in this incident.
One SF personnel, who was part of an election duty team heading
from Patnazi to Kithar in Doda was injured in another blast.
October 6: A
group of terrorists attacked Abdul Hafiz Wani, an independent candidate
from the Bhaderwah Assembly segment in Doda district at village
Passa Pani in the Kassar area when he was taking out a rally. However,
no casualties were reported in this incident.
October 4: Two
Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are killed and two others
injured in an explosion in Sogam village, Lolab area of Kupwara
district. The slain personnel are on election duty in Lolab, which
goes to polls on October 8.
People's Democratic Party (PDP) vice president Mehbooba Mufti has
a narrow escape when terrorists set-off an Improvised Explosive
Device (IED) blast on the road she was traveling after addressing
an election rally in Marmat, Doda district. The IED, planted by
terrorists, explodes a couple of minutes after her convoy crossed
Hambal village, on the Marmat-Goda road. There are no casualties
in the explosion.
Terrorists ambush the motorcade of ruling NC candidate Ayesha Nishat,
at Baba Pora, Zainapora, in Wachi Assembly segment. However, no
loss of life or injures is reported in this incident.
Unidentified terrorists open indiscriminate fire at an NC activist
in Chuntiwari Chak Sogam, Kupwara district. He and his wife sustain
injuries in this incident.
October 2: While
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and polling staff being are brought
back to Tral from Satoora and Wagad, unidentified terrorists target
a road opening party (ROP) of the Border Security Force (BSF) near
Pastoona. The ROP personnel spot an Improvised Explosive Device
(IED) and even as they attemp to defuse it, terrorists activate
the IED with a remote controlled- device. Five BSF personnel are
killed and another injured in this explosion.
Unidentified terrorists kill three workers of the ruling National
Conference at Mirwani, near the Payarpora camp of Rashtriya Rifles
October 1: Unidentified
terrorists set-off Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts at poling
stations in Littar, Gulzarpora and Kellar areas. Three SF personnel
and a civilian are injured in these attacks.
Incidents of grenade attacks and firing by terrorists are reported
from Saimoh, Machhahama, Midora, Pinglish, Khasipora, Naner, Shikargah,
Lam, Kehlil (Tral), Kamaldan, Shopian, Kharwari (Shopian), Zampathri,
Kellar (Rajpora), Arigo, Awdara (Kulgam), Telwani (Shangus), Bijbehara
and Kokernag. A total of five civilians and three SF personnel are
injured in these incidents.
Three SF personnel and a polling official sustain injuries in separate
attacks in Kulgam and Telwani. Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) 'chief commander
of operations' Saiful Islam reportedly claims responsibility for
all these incidents. In a statement, he claims that 15 SF personnel
had been killed and an unspecified number injured in the attacks
carried out by HM.
Three IEDs are detected by SFs at the Bhagwa helipad in Udhampur
district during a search operation, ahead of Chief Minister Farooq
Abdullah's arrival there. While two IEDs are successfully defused,
the third explodes killing an SF personnel and injuring two more.
IED blasts are reported on the Doda-Bhagwa road and also near the
Chachwa polling station in Gool Assembly constituency. No casualties
are reported in these blasts.
One SF personnel was killed while providing security cover to polling
officials at Shikari, Mahore area of Gool constituency.
September 30: Terrorists attac
NC candidate Bashir Ahmed Nengroo and Independent candidate Mohammad
Yusuf Baghwan in the Pulwama area of south Kashmir. However, there
is no loss of life or injuries reported in these incidents.
Terrorists lob a hand grenade
at a polling station at Government Primary School Ariguthan in the
Damhal Hanjipora area of Noorabad constituency. Two SF personnel
are injured in this incident.
Terrorists hurl grenade at a
polling station in the Middle School, Awdora, in Kulgam constituency.
Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are injured in this attack.
A polling station situated in
Government Primary School, Halan, Kokernag, is set ablaze by unidentified
An election rally being addressed by B A Nengroo, at Khul Ladarmad
in Pulwama district, is attacked by unidentified terrorists. However,
there is no loss of life or injuries to anyone. The Al-Mansooran
reportedly claims responsibility for the attack.
A NC rally is attacked at Karimabad in Pulwama district. No loss
of life or injuries is reported in the incident.
Terrorists hurl a grenade at a vehicle carrying polling staff at
the government higher secondary school in Pampore. A security force
(SF) personnel and polling officials are injured in the incident.
Terrorists set-off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast on
the Kulgam-Devsar road in Anantnag district when Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) woman candidate Khalida Mushtaq and other party activists
are passing by. Three civilians, including the candidate's father
and her Personal Security Officer (PSO), are killed in the blast.
The candidate herself, her brother and two other party activists
sustain critical injuries. The Al-Aarifeen reportedly claims responsibility
for the attack.
Two terrorists kill an NC activist at his residence at Chakka, Doda
Unidentified terrorists lob a hand grenade at an election rally
being addressed by Kashmir Resolution Movement (KRM) general secretary
Bashir Ahmed Bhat, at Sirhama in Bijbehara area of Anantnag. Three
police personnel and two civilians are injured in the attack.
Unidentified terrorists open gunfire on the motorcade of Shangus
constitutency ruling NC candidate Abdul Majeed Mir at Deethoo, near
Rainipora village. An NC activist sustains injuries in the attack.
At Bonpora, Bijbehara, unidentified terrorists hurl a grenade at
the motorcade of NC candidate from Bijbehara, Haji Abdul Gani Veeri.
However, it misses the target and explodes on the road. No loss
of life or injuries is reported.
Terrorists attack the residence of Ashiya Nishat, ruling NC candidate
in Wachi Assembly constituency, at Zainapora in Shopian area. Even
as her guards retaliate, the terrorists manage to escape.
Unidentified terrorists hurl a grenade on a campaign vehicle in
Bijbehara area. However, it misses the intended target and fails
to cause any damage.
Abdul Wahid Shan, a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and
ruling NC candidate from Gool-Arnas Assembly constituency, escapes
an assassination attempt when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
planted by terrorists explodes ahead of his reaching Dharam village,
Gool area. However, no one is injured in the blast. This is the
first attempt on the life of a candidate in an Assembly segment
in Udhampur district, which goes to polls in third phase of the
State Legislative Assembly elections on October 1.
- September 24: A National Conference activist
is killed by two unidentified terrorists at his residence in Nalwana,
under Doda police station-jurisdiction.
Unidentified terrorists lob a hand grenade at an election campaign
vehicle of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Sangam, Bijbehera.
However, it misses the target and explodes on the road, injuring
Terrorists hurl a grenade at the Girls Higher Secondary School,
Nawakadal, where a polling station is being set up. Five persons
sustain injuries in this incident.
Terrorists fire a rifle grenade at the Middle School in Lalbazar,
where a polling station is being established. Two police personnel
are injured in this incident.
Unidentified terrorists fire two rifle grenades at the residence
of ruling NC Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and party
candidate from Shopian Assembly constituency Sheikh Mohammad Rafiqm,
at Kachdooru, Pulwama district. No casualties are reported in this
Terrorists hurl a grenade at the house of Indian National Congress
(INC) candidate Mohammad Shafi Banday in Pulwama district. No loss
of life or injuries is reported in the incident.
Nine Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are injured as terrorists
hurl a grenade inside a
designated polling station in Babademb, Srinagar.
September 21: Minister
of State for Tourism and ruling NC candidate from Noorabad Assembly
constituency, Sakeena Itoo, escapes another attempt on her life
in an ambush on her motorcade by unidentified terrorists through
triggering an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), at Mirhama, in
Kulgam. AnSF personnel and a civilian are killed and 11 others injured
in this incident.
Two Communist Party of India
– Marxist (CPI-M) activists are killed and another injured in a
terrorist attack in Okay village, in Kulgam.
Unidentified terrorists in Vessu
village, Anantnag, kill an NC activist.
In Kokernag, terrorists lob a
hand grenade at an election rally of Indian National Congress (INC/Congress-I)
leader and party candidate from the Kokernag assembly constituency,
Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed. 10 civilians are injured in the incident.
September 20: An unidentified terrorist lobs a
hand grenade at the house of Sakeena Itoo, Minister of State for
Tourism and ruling National Conference (NC) candidate from the Noorabad
Assembly constituency, in Damhal Hanjipora, Kulgam area. However,
the grenade fails to explode and no one is either killed or injured.
This is the second attempt on her life in the last week.
Unidentified terrorists abduct NC leader Maulvi
Mohammad Hussain from his residence in Brari Angan, Achhabal, and
later kill him at Renipora.
In Khushipora, Qazigund, terrorists hurl a grenade
on a campaign vehicle of the Awami League and injure one person.
September 18: Terrorists kill two NC leaders Ali Mohammad Dar and
Ghulam Rasool Mir in Srinagar. Al-Arifeen claims responsibility
for the killings.
Unidentified terrorists make an unsuccessful attempt on the life
of Javed Hussain Shah, National Conference (NC) candidate from Bandipora.
One civilian is injured in this incident.
Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates contesting elections
in the Pulwama district have a narrow escape when terrorists attacked
them at Litar.
September 17: Unidentified terrorists intruded into the house of
a People's Democratic Party (PDP) activist, Abdul Hameed Para, at
Nagbal village in Kreeri, Baramulla district, and killed him.
Separately, terrorists hurled a hand grenade at the premises of
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (J&KPCC) headquarters
on Maulana Azad Road in Srinagar. Three candidates of the Indian
National Congress (INC/Congress-I) were present when the explosion
occurred. One INC activist and two SF personnel sustained injuries
in the explosion.
September 15: Terrorists make an unsuccessful attempt on the life
of Sakeena Itoo, Minister of State for Tourism and NC candidate
from Noorabad constituency, at Dhanow Kandimarg village, near the
Pir Panjal range, south Kashmir. Even as she was rescued after an
hour-long encounter, one SF personnel and a civilian are killed.
Terrorists launch grenade attacks on the residence of NC's Lok Sabha
(Lower House of Indian Parliament) Member Abdur Rasheed Shaheen
at Pattan in Sopore and on a polling station in Ashpora, Langet.
No reports of casualties in either of these incidents. Separately,
unidentified terrorists triggered a powerful explosion inside a
polling station (booth No. 36) at a government school in Sanglani
village, Poonch district. Terrorists resort to heavy firing on the
house of an independent candidate, Mumtaz Khan, at Ari village in
Mendhar. A guard of the India Reserve Police (IRP), deployed at
the residence, retaliated forcing the terrorists to escape. No casualties
have been reported in this incident.
September 14: Two unidentified terrorists kill a NC leader in Shahdara
Sharief area under Thanna Mandi police station's jurisdiction.
Two unidentified terrorists killed a National Conference leader
at his residence in Baghote, Mendhar.
September 11: Law Minister and National
Conference (NC) candidate from Lolab constituency Mushtaq Ahmed
Lone is killed by terrorists while addressing a election rally in
Tikipora, Surankote, Poonch district. A hitherto unknown terrorist
group, the Al-Aarifeen claims responsibility for the killing. Also,
an unnamed spokesperson of the Abu Qasim group of the Lashkar-e-Toiba
and the Al-Barq outfit, too, separately claim responsibility for
Minister of State for Tourism and NC’s Noorabad candidate, Sakeena
Itoo's house, in Damhal Hanjipora, is attack by unidentified terrorists.
Two civilians sustain injuries.
Indian National Congress (INC)
general secretary Ambika Soni and State President Ghulam Nabi Azad
have a narrow escape when four unidentified terrorists in Surankote,
Poonch, attack their helicopter. 10 security force (SF) personnel,
two civilians and two terrorists are killed and 22 others injured
in the attack.
The NC’s Baramulla candidate,
Ghulam Nabi Kachroo's house is attacked by unidentified terrorists
at Kanlibagh, Baramulla. His Personal Security Officer (PSO) is
injured in the attack.
National Conference candidate in Sangrama constituency, Mohammad
Yusuf Bhat, has a narrow escape when a group of unidentified terrorists
ambushed him in the Wagoora locality of Baramulla district. One
of his escort personnel was killed and two others sustain injuries
in the incident.
Separately, terrorists attack motorcade of NC's Tangmarg candidate
and brother of Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Mustafa Kamaal, at
Nadirgund, in the Tangmarg area. However, no loss of life or injuries
is reported in this incident.
In another incident, terrorists attack the vehicle of People's Democratic
Party's (PDP) Bandipore candidate Mohammad Abdullah Wani, at Gund-e-Dachhan
in Bandipore. Five persons injured in this incident.
A NC-turned-PDP activist is killed by unidentified terrorists at
his residence in Puchhal, Pulwama town.
September 6: An Independent candidate
in the 2002 elections is killed as terrorists ambush his vehicle
near Gorihakhar village in Handwara, Kupwara district. Three other
persons are also killed, while two more are injured in the ambush.
The Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JuM)
reportedly claimed responsibility for this attack.
Terrorists attack a vehicle carrying
activists of the Janata Dal – United (JD-U) at Kandi Bus Stand in
Kupwara district, and injure four of them.
Terrorists, in Mohammadpora,
Kulgam, kill a Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M) activist.
At Pattan, on the Srinagar-Baramulla
road, unidentified terrorists fire upon the rally of an Independent
candidate in the 2002 elections, Abdul Ahad Yatoo. However, no loss
of life or injuries is reported.
September 5: Indian National Congress
(INC/Congress-I) candidate from Surankote Assembly segment in the
2002 elections, Choudhary Mohammed Aslam, escapes terrorist attack
on his residence at Lassana in Surankote, Poonch district. Aslam
and his family members escape unhurt in the attack.
Unidentified terrorists enter
the residence of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Amirakadal
Assembly segment in the 2002 elections, Najeeb Abbas Khan, at Rawalpora,
Srinagar, and kill his chief election agent, mistaking him for the
In Tangmarg, terrorists kill
an NC activist in Darakasi village, Kunzar area.
Terrorists injured two NC activists
in an ambush at Darishpora, in Handwara.
September 4: Unidentified terrorists
hurl a grenade and then open fire at a vehicle carrying NC activists,
in Shanoo, Handwara area, Kupwara district. Five activists are injured
in the incident.
September 2: Unidentified terrorists
open gunfire at the rally of National Conference Minister and a
candidate in the 2002 elections, Mustafa Kamaal. The rally was on
its way to Sheikhpora from Khoipora village in Tangmarg area, Baramulla
district. An NC activist sustains injuries in this attack. Kamaal
is the brother of State Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.
Unidentified terrorists in Botengo
village, Anantnag district, kill a ruling NC activist.
Terrorist injure NC activist
at Badami Bagh, Sopore.
Terrorists in Ayatmulla, Bandipore,
abduct a prominent NC activist from his residence.
August 30: At Maidan-e-Chogal in Handwara
district, terrorists kill an NC activist. In a separate incident
in Tahab village, Pulwama district, terrorists kill another NC activist.
Yet another NC activist is killed in Gundipora Beerwah, central
August 27: Terrorists attack a group
of Ikhwanis (counter-insurgents) near Nadihal, Bandipore, close
to the residence of counter-insurgent Javed Shah. Shah is the NC
candidate from Bandipore Assembly segment in the 2002 elections.
Five counter-insurgents sustain injuries in this incident.
August 8: Unidentified terrorists open
fire indiscriminately at the residence of an NC activist in Goriwan
village, near Bijbehara. Even as the intended target escapes, his
son sustains injuries.
August 7: An unidentified terrorist
in Tral kils an activist of the National Conference. Terrorists
had previously killed his brother and a relative in two landmine
blasts in Tral.
August 3: A group of unidentified terrorists
intrude into the house of Ali Mohammad Dar, Block president of the
National Conference, in Koochipora, Qazigund area, Anantnag district,
and kill him.
July 26: Unidentified terrorists, in
Kanthbagh village, Narbal-Magam belt of Budgam district, throw a
cordon around the village mosque, abduct a local-level NC leader,
Mohammad Sultan Bhat, and later kill him.
Half an hour later, the terrorists
reach Bachhipora village, in the same area, abduct and kill two
more NC activists.
In the same district, terrorists
raid the house of another NC activist, Mohammad Yusuf Malla, at
Sogam village, Chadoura area. However, no loss of life or injuries
is reported in this incident.
July 2: An NC activist is killed by
unidentified terrorists in his Qazipora-Watpora residence in Baramulla
June 20: Al Umar Mujahideen terrorists
kill an activist of the NC at Ranger Stop in Khanyar.
May 27: Unidentified terrorists in
Baramulla district killed an NC activist at Laribal, Zachaldara,
May 23: Terrorists attack the house
of an NC Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Rafiq Ahmad Mir,
in Pulwama district.
May 23: Unidentified terrorists at
Khoipora village, Rajwar belt of Kupwara district, abduct and later
kill a National Conference activist and an employee of the Irrigation
April 5: Ghulam Hassan Mir, an NC activist,
is killed by unidentified terrorists at his residence in Baba Demb,
Pandan Nowhatta, Srinagar.
April 1: National Conference leader
Ghulam Mohiuddin Dar is killed by unidentified terrorists in his
house in village Kachumuqam in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.
March 20: Terrorists kill an activist
of the NC at Jogilankar, Srinagar.
March 11: An activist of the NC is
killed in an attack by unidentified terrorists in Yarikhah, Budgam
February 25: An NC activist is killed
by terrorists in Srinagar on the February 25 night.
February 19: A civilian, described
as a former activist of the ruling NC, is killed by unidentified
terrorists at Pattan.
February 13: An NC activist is killed
and his residence set ablaze by suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)
terrorists at Bathian in Rajouri district.
February 7: An NC activist is killed
by unidentified terrorists at Beerwah in Budgam district.