Militants beat girl to death in J-K

Jammu, Friday, August 01, 2003: Pakistani militants today beat a nine-year- old girl to death and critically injured her 11-year-old sister in Rajouri hills in Jjammu and Kashmir.

A group of Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HUJI) militants entered the house of one Nisar Hussain in Khabala village of Thanamandi and on not finding him caught hold of his two daughters, police sources said.

They beat the two girls with gun buts to extract information about their father.

One of them Nazia, who recieved serious head-injury died on the spot while Shareefa was critically wounded.

The injured girl was rushed to hospital by villagers.

A major combing operation has been launched in the entire forest belt to track down the militants, the sources said.