Violent clashes erupt in Pampore town over killing of local militant in Budgam gunfight; woman injured

Srinagar: Massive clashes erupted in Pampore town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district after the news about the killing of local militant in Budgam gunfight spread in the area.

Witnesses said that people hit streets and pelted rocks on government forces. The clashes soon spread on the Srinagar-Islamabad highway forcing the closure of the road. They said that government forces used tear smoke shells and pellet fires to disperse the protesters.

Meanwhile, reports said that a woman has been injured during the clashes.

Identified as Mugli Begum, reports said that she was hit by a stone when protesters and government forces were fighting pitched battles in Drangbal area of Pampore town. The woman was hit by a stone in the head and was shifted to sub-district hospital for treatment.
A Police spokesperson in a handout earlier said that the militants killed in the gun-battle were identified as Mukhtar Ahmad Khan of Brass Budgam and Muhammad Amin Mir of Drangbal Pampore.

“They were both involved in a series of attacks on security establishments in the area,” the spokesperson said, adding “Arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.”

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