Militants attack Rukhsana's house


Rukhsana Kausar

Rajouri district collector S Jaipal Singh said the militants hurled grenades at Rukhsana's house in Rajouri district but neither she nor any member of her family was present there when the attack took place.

"Rukhsana and her family members are at a very safe place," he said.

Police said the militants hurled two grenades and opened fire at Rukhsana's house at Bhatti, a remote hamlet in Shadra-Sharief belt of Rajouri district at 10.45 pm.

The grenades missed and exploded away from the house, they said adding that later the militants fired from a hill top and escaped under the cover of darkness.

There was no casualty or injury to anyone in the firing and grenade atatcks at her house, located about 217 km from Jammu.Earlier the 21-year-old girl and her family members were shifted to the high security Police Colony, where a government quarter has been alloted to them on October 7, police said.

The targeting of Rukhsana's house came a little more than a month after she killed a top Pakistani militant of the LeT and injured another on the night of September 27.

Along with her 18-year-old brother Aijaz, she overpowered the terrorists who had barged into their house, snatched an AK 47 from one of them and fired at him, killing him on the spot.Her parents Noor Hussain and Rashida were injured in the incident.

The bravery of Rukhsana, who had never picked up a gun before the September 27 incident, came in for praise from President Pratibha Patil and Home Minister P Chidambaram during their visits to Jammu and Kashmir.

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