JeM commander killed in encounter? Police says details being ascertained

APG to present Pakistan's report to FATF group meetings that are to be held from Feb 18 to 22. — File

APG to present Pakistan's report to FATF group meetings that are to be held from Feb 18 to 22. — File

On that day, 42 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed when a 20-year-old suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into one of the buses in an army convoy carrying the soldiers.

"Four soldiers were killed during the shootout and another one is injured", a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.

"The encounter is still in progress and the security forces are on the job", police said.

The shock attack has fuelled anger across India with demonstrators demanding military action against Pakistan.

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India has demanded that Pakistan "stop supporting" terrorists who use Pakistan as a base.

The government has promised appropriate retaliation to the attack, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi promising the nation that the perpetrators of the assault would not escape.

"No sooner the government forces zeroed in on suspected area, the militants present there fired upon the advanced contingent wounding four personnel, who later succumbed", a police official said.

Despite all the brutal use of military might and state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir, New Delhi in recent years has found herself increasingly helpless before the fearless and determined Kashmiris, who are struggling for their right to self-determination.

Kashmir, a Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan since 1947 and claimed in full by both, is at the heart of the dispute between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors and the cause of two of three wars between them. India will urge the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) an global monetary watchdog, to blacklist Pakistan.

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The Thursday attack highlighted the increasing pull of the militancy on local youth. Security officials are apprehensive that the attack marks a potentially perilous turn in the strategies adopted by militants.

The Valentine's Day auto bomb attack targeted a large convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and was the worst attack on security forces since the insurgency began in the region in 1989. "There is a changing modus operandi, along with cross-border help", he said, a reference to Pakistan.

"We have given complete freedom to the security forces of the country".

According to the Times of India, 20 Kashmiri girls in the Indian city of Dehradun were forced to lock themselves in their hostel rooms until police arrived. A civilian was also killed in the crossfire, police said.

One girl said they were "so scared that we were not able to open our room or to go out to have any food". Security forces will have to exercise vigilance in keeping track of explosives, he said, and improve intelligence gathering.

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