Incident Summary:

03/15/2003: About 10-15 Muslim militants attacked a police post in the Gool area of the Udhampur District in Kashmir, India, killing 11 people and wounding 9 others. The militants then escaped and took four other police officers hostage; two escaped from the militants, while the other two were killed. In total, eleven policemen and two civilians were killed in the attack; it was unclear when the two hostages were executed. Local Kashmiri fighters from three separate Muslim groups, Hizb-ul-Mujahidin (HM), Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM) and Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami, were responsible for the attack. A Hizb-ul-Mujahidin (HM) spokesman claimed responsibility for the three groups and said that the attack was in retaliation of the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahidin (HM)'s district commander and three other fighters by the Indian army.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir

Near Udhampur

Location Details:
This attack occurred near Udhampur, in the Gool area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Police
Specific Description Indian Police in the Gool area of Udahampur District, Kashmir, India
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM) No
Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami No
Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Moslem Militants in Kashmir Execute Two Abducted Police Officers,” Deutsche Presse Agentur, March 18, 2003.
“Militant Groups Claim Responsibility for Kashmiri Attack,” Agence France Presse, March 16, 2003.
Binoo Joshi, “Suspected Rebels Kill 11 in Kashmir,” Associated Press, March 16, 2003.