J&K encounter: Army jawan killed, 4 civilians die in ensuing clashes

12 April, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Julian Harrison
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Several security force personnel including the station house officer of Baramulla police station were injured in stone-pelting by the protestors.

Another civilian, Sharjeel Ahmed Sheikh, 28, was hit by a bullet in abdomen near the site of clashes between protesters and security forces in Kulgam district where two suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militants are trapped in an encounter in Khudwani village, a hot-bed of separatism.

They said a gun battle broke out between the militants and security forces in the early hours.

That the three militants, one of them seriously injured, had escaped became clear after the rubble of the house were cleared, police officials said. Medical sources said that at least 82 people suffered injuries out of which Four civilians succumbed to their injuries.

"The slain Armyman was identified as Sepoy S Gunakar Roy".

"Four civilians died in the law and order situation that erupted in Khudwani area of Kulgam district when security forces were engaged in a counter-terrorism operation", the official said.

"Army had even used helicopter gunships to fight out the militants". Four men were killed and at least 40 civilians injured, officials said. She has also paid tributes to the Army jawan who lost his life in the said incident.

The locals alleged that the Army fired indiscriminately into the protesting crowds, but a statement issued by the police here said that the civilians were caught in crossfire.

Reports from Kulgam said that the security forces also used batons and fired teargas canisters and pellet shotguns to quell the protests during and immediately after the encounter, injuring almost 50 people.

Mobile internet services were also suspended in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of South Kashmir following the encounter.

Kashmir's Joint Resistance Leadership, including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, have called for a complete shutdown on Thursday across the area against the killings.

The encounter in Kulgam today comes days after the Indian forces successfully neutralized a total of 13 Hizbul Mujahideen militants in a spree of encounters conducted on April 1.



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