Srinagar Terrorist MoS Rai

8 Scribes Working For Srinagar Get Threats From Terrorist: MoS Rai

Eight journalists working for Srinagar-based local newspapers received threats through an online terror blog. Four of the media persons reportedly resigned, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai told the Rajya Sabha today.

MoS Home Nityanand Rai said that a case has been registered at Shergari Police Station in this regard.
“As reported, eight journalists working for Srinagar-based local newspapers received threats through the terror blog “Kashmir Fight”. Four media persons have reportedly resigned. The media persons who resigned belong to the media house “Rising Kashmir”. In this regard a case has been registered at Shergari Police Station, Srinagar,” told MoS Nityanand Rai to Rajya Sabha.

Rai further said that Jammu and Kashmir government has a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and the security situation has improved significantly in the state.

“The Government has a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and the security situation has improved significantly in Jammu and Kashmir. The Government has taken several steps to protect the lives of people including media persons from terrorist threats/attacks,” said MoS Nityanand Rai. (ANI)

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At Least 1 Killed, 18 Injured In Jerusalem Explosions

At least one person was killed and 18 others got injured due to twin explosions in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.

“A horrific morning in Jerusalem. 1 killed and 18 hurt in two separate terrorist attacks in which two bombs went off at two bus stops. We mourn for the victim who was murdered and pray for the recovery of the injured,” the State of Israel’s official handle tweeted.
The first explosion occurred close to the main entrance of a bus stop in Givat Shaul, west Jerusalem around 7 am. Shortly after, a second blast took place at the Ramot junction, another entrance to the city, The Times of Israel (TOI) reported.

Israel Police forces said they are at both scenes, collecting evidence and testimonials, and taking action to locate the suspects.

“Israel Police forces are at both scenes, collecting evidence and testimonials, and taking action to locate the suspect,” Israel Police said in a tweet.

Media reports said that the causes of the explosions were not immediately determined. However, police said that one of the blasts appeared to have been caused by a bomb placed in a handbag left near the bus.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the blasts. Israeli security agencies were sweeping the area to find any suspects connected to the blasts.

The explosions came amid heightened tensions in the country, following a series of attacks that have left dozens of people in the country, TOI reported.

The blasts come as Israel prepares to usher in a new government. (ANI)

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India Condemns Terrorist Attack On Russian Embassy In Kabul

India on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Russian Embassy in Kabul.

The explosion that occurred on Monday near the Consular Department gate of the Russian Embassy, left at least two embassy staffers dead and several others wounded.
“India strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Russian Embassy in Kabul yesterday. We convey our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and pray for early recovery of the injured,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet.

Monday’s explosion comes days after at least 20 people were killed in a blast that rocked a mosque in northwestern Afghanistan during Friday prayers. In recent months, a number of blasts have been reported in the capital city of Kabul, claiming dozens of innocent lives.

UN mission in Afghanistan on Monday condemned the blast outside the Russian Embassy and stressed the need for the Taliban to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the people as well as diplomatic missions.

“UNAMA condemns today’s explosion outside @RusEmbassyKabul. We express our condolences to the families of those killed and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a tweet.

A Taliban spokesperson said that a comprehensive investigation had been launched into the matter and further measures will be taken to safeguard the Embassy and prevent such probable incidents in future.

“Our security has launched a comprehensive investigation, & will take further measures to safeguard the Embassy & prevent such probable incidents from hindering the Embassy’s activities,” Taliban spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi wrote on Twitter.

Balkhi added that the Taliban-appointed government in Afghanistan has close relations with the Russian Federation and will not allow the enemies to sabotage relations between both countries with such negative actions.

After Monday’s explosion near Russian Embassy in Kabul, Taliban-appointed Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi held a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

In a phone call with Lavrov, Muttaqi assured that special attention will be given to blast in front of the Russian embassy. He ensured Lavrov the security of this embassy, TOLO news reported quoting the Taliban spokesperson.

This series of blasts comes on the heels of one year of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Rights groups said the terror outfit had broken multiple pledges to respect human and women’s rights.

After capturing Kabul in August last year, the Islamic authorities have imposed severe restrictions on women’s and girls’ rights, suppressed the media, and arbitrarily detained, tortured, and summarily executed critics and perceived opponents. (ANI)

Jawan dies but attack on CRPF camp foiled

A paramilitary trooper was killed in an ongoing gunfight with militants holed up in a building after a failed terror bid on a CRPF camp in Srinagar, police said.

The trooper was wounded in the shootout as the security forces prepared for a final assault against the holed-up militants, a police officer said. He was shifted to the nearby SMHS hospital, barely 300 metres away from the site of the gunfight, and died later. It was the same hospital from where Pakistani LeT militant Naveed Jat alias Abu Hunzullah managed to escape on February 6 after killing two policemen. Police said residents in the vicinity have been evacuated to safety. Troops of the CRPF and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police were carrying out the operation against the militants. Kashmir police chief S.P. Vaid in a tweet said: “I congratulate alert CRPF sentry for averting Suicidal attack in Karan nagar Srinagar. Fortunately two terrorists are in cordon & exchange of fire going on.” Earlier around 4.30 a.m., two militants were spotted by an alert sentry at the observation post of 23rd battalion of the CRPF in Karan Nagar area. The two were forced to flee as the alert sentry fired at them. Searches in the area revealed that the militants, carrying backpacks and AK-47 rifles, had taken shelter in a building near the CRPF camp, which was then surrounded. After the hiding militants were challenged, they fired at the security forces triggering a gunfight, that is still on. The attempted terror bid on the CRPF camp comes close on the heels of the Sunjuwan military camp attack, in which six people were killed. (IANS)]]>