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At least 15 houses gutted in fierce gunfight in Srinagar

Photo: Umar Ganie.

Srinagar: At least fifteen houses were destroyed in a gun-battle between the armed forces and Kashmiri militants in the capital region of Srinagar’s Kanimazar neighbourhood on Tuesday.

Two Hizb-ul Mujahideen militants, including Junaid Sehrai, son of Kashmiri resistance leader Ashraf Sehrai, were killed in the gunfight.

In the fire-fight which broke out on the intervening night in May 18-19 in Nawakadal area of Srinagar, a Jammu and Kashmir Police constable and a CRPF soldier sustained injuries.

Junaid Sehrai was one of top commander of Hizb-ul Mujahideen.

The armed forces blasted the two houses where militants had taken shelter.

Photo: Umar Ganie.

The gunfight began around 2 am after a joint team of the CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a cordon and search operation in the area following inputs about the presence of militants.

Mobile internet and mobile calling services, except on BSNL postpaid, have been snapped in Srinagar.

Earlier, Kashmir Zone Police, on its official Twitter handle had said, “Encounter has started at Kanemazar Nawakadal area of Srinagar. JKP and CRPF are on the job. Further details shall follow.”

 

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