Shopian gunfight aftermath: Injured teenager succumbs, civilian deaths mount to six

A 17-year old boy, Sufail Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Dachoo village of Nagbal was injured during the clashes near the Shopian gunfight site, breathed his last on Tuesday in SMHS hospital.

According to the news agency GNS, Bhat had suffered bullet wounds in his abdomen after the armed forces fired on protesters near the site of a gunfight. With the death of Bhat, the civilian death toll has risen to six.

On Sunday, five civilians and as many militants were killed in the gun fight that took place in Shopian on Sunday. The civilians were killed in clashes which followed the gun fight.

Among the killed militants was Saddam Padder, a top Hizb commander and the missing Assistant Professor of the Kashmir University Dr. Mohammad Rafi Bhat.

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Reacting over the killing of the professor, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said that his death is the answer to those  who say that jobs is the solution to violence and alienation in Kashmir.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also expressed deep anguish and grief over the death of five civilians and reiterated that that gun, either way of a militant or that of security forces, is no solution for resolving issues.

On the opening day of Durbar in Srinagar, while reacting to the bloodbath in Shopian, Mehbooba said that ‘Islam doesn’t permit to embrace death at such a young age.’

While calling stone throwers, militants as ‘Gareeb ke Bacchhe’, Mehbooba on Monday appealed to the Centre to find a “middle path” for ending the cycle of violence in the Valley which was consuming the lives of ‘poor youth’ and ‘security forces’.

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