Two militants, civilian killed, 50 injured in Shopian

SRINAGAR, JULY 10: Two militants and a civilian were killed while 50 civilian protesters and two soldiers were injured on Tuesday in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

The father of one of the local militants died of cardiac arrest after rumours that his son was trapped in the house surrounded by the forces.

Reports said that two militants were killed in the gunfight that raged for several hours in Kundalan village of the district. The gunfight that raged for several hours in Kundalan village broke out today morning after forces cordoned off the area.

Reports said that youth took to streets and clashes with the forces to disrupt the anti-militant operation. As civilians poured out of their homes and clashed with the forces during the fighting, forces fired live ammunition, tear gas and pellets to chase them away, leading to at least 50 injuries.

Doctors from Shopian hospital said that four civilians were referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. One of the injured, identified as Tamsheel Ahmad Khan of Vehil Shopian, succumbed at SMHS hospital doctor said.

Two soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, injured in the initial gunfight were shifted to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar.

Meanwhile authorities suspended mobile internet service in Shopian district following the gunfight between the government forces and militants in Kundlan village of Shopian.

Local sources said that the internet services including broadband services were suspended after the area witnessed gunfight and then clashes. However administration ordered closure of all colleges in Shopian district today. (PTK)

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