Police end Kashmir mosque siege

Three captors are killed and all five hostages rescued in village south of Srinagar.

    Police used tear gas to draw out the captors and an exchange of fire followed [AFP]
    The third man fled and took shelter in a minaret at the mosque. He exchanged fire with police for about an hour before he was shot dead, PTI added.

    H K Lohia, a senior police official, said that all five hostages were unharmed in the encounter.

    Mosque sieges

    Kashmiri mosques have been used as safehouses for hostage-takers in the past, leaving security forces with the dilemma of whether to risk a public  backlash in the Muslim-majority state by pursuing them.

    A standoff at Kashmir's holiest mosque, Hazratbal, lasted 34 days in 1993, ending when the separatist fighters were given safe passage without their weapons.

    But a two-month siege in 1995 of another Muslim shrine, Chrar-e-Sharief, resulted in fierce fighting that killed 17 people and destroyed the holy site.

    Kashmir is experiencing an insurgency against Indian rule that has claimed tens of thousands of lives since it began in 1989.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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