Tahab gunfight: Over a dozen injured in clashes, one hit by bullet in chest

Srinagar: Over a dozen persons were injured after government forces used live ammunition and fired tear gas shells to disperse protesters in Tahab and other areas of Pulwama district in south Kashmir following the death of two militants in a gunfight on Sunday.

According to reports, Asif Ahmad, a resident of Lassipora, was hit by a bullet in his chest. He was shifted to District Hospital Pulwama for treatment.

Internet services were suspended in Pulwama district of south Kashmir following the killing of the militants.
The slain militants have been identified as Shariq Ahmad Sheikh of Takuna Pulwama and Shabir Mir of Mihind village of Anantnag.

After the news of killing of two militants by government forces spread in Pulwama, intense clashes erupted from Tahab village and Pulwama town.

According to reports, over a dozen persons were injured in government forces action of dispersing the protesters.

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen , founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989, is a Kashmiri resistance and designated Islamic militant group, active in the state of Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. The current commander of the group is a Sayeed Salahudeen.

The encounter started after police and army launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Tahab area of Pulwama around 5 a.m., according to a report in a newspaper, and an online media agency, Hindustan Times.

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