Youth injured in Shopian dies, authorities shut down mobile internet in parts of valley

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A civilian youth was killed, while a dozen others were injured near gunfight sites at Dragad and Kachdor areas of district Shopian in Kashmir.

Official sources told news agency GNS that a youth Zubair Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Ahad Bhat, a resident of Gopalpora DH Pora in neighbouring Kulgam district suffered injuries near the gunfight site at Kachdor.

Zubair was shifted to primary health centre Vehil where he succumbed.

At least seven militants, including top commanders, were killed in separate gunfights in Anantnag and Shopian districts during which civilians clashed with the armed forces.

At least four militants have been surrounded by the forces in Kachdor village.

Reports said that intense clashes were received in most parts of south Kashmir including Shopian and Anantnag.

In these clashes over a dozen youth received injuries after police and paramilitary forces used tear smoke shells and fired pellet guns on them. Among the dozen injured, one youth namely Niyaz Ahmad son of Abdul Rehman received serious bullet wounds in forces action.

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A police officer told GNS that some youth suffered injuries in clashes that erupted following the operations in the area. The official denied killing of any civilian and said one youth, Niyaz, received bullet wounds in his legs and arms.

Meanwhile, reports of clashes and spontaneous shutdown were received from other parts of the Valley including the Old City Srinagar and Palhallan.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik called for a Kashmir-wide shutdown. The Shutdown call is for Sunday and Monday.

The JRL has asked people to suspend business and other activities and offer funeral prayers in absentia at 4 pm across Kashmir valley.

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Over 50 civilians have been injured, and some have been referred to Srinagar. Four army men sustained injuries.

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