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Civilian killed in armed forces’ firing, four hit with bullets after six militants killed in gunfight in Shopian

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Twenty civilians suffered injuries during clashes in armed forces’ action in parts of Shopian, Kulgam

Srinagar: A 17-year-old boy was killed and twenty others suffered injuries during clashes in armed forces’ action in parts of Shopian and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir.

Reports said that following the killing of six militants in a gunfight at Batagund, civilians took to streets near the gunfight site and its adjoining areas and pelted stones on the forces. Similar clashes were received from many other parts of Kulgam and Shopian.

The police and paramilitary forces used tear smoke shells, pellets, and live ammunition to disperse the protests. In the incident, at least four civilians suffered bullet wounds and sixteen others hit by pellets and tear smoke shells.

All the injured were taken to nearby by respective hospitals. However, Nouman Ashraf Bhat (17) of Balsoo, Kulgam were referred to SKIMS Soura, however, he died on the way.

Moreover, three more persons were referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.

Earlier, six militants were killed in a gunfight with the armed forces in Kapran area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday.

The identity of the slain militants was not immediately known. However, reports said that top commanders were among the slain militants.

The encounter broke out in Batagund at around 1:30 am following a joint operation launched by the police, army and the CRPF.

“Two more militants killed. Total six militants killed. Weapons and war like stores recovered,” army said in a tweet, adding that a soldier was also killed in the gunfight.


(With inputs form GNS)

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