Shopian gunfight: Clashes ensue, seven persons injured

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Srinagar: Severe clashes followed in South Kashmir’s Shopian and adjoining places soon after the encounter was over in the area which claimed lives of two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.

According to the reports, youth took to streets and pelted stones on forces near the encounter site and its adjoining parts.

The forces deployed in the area used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them resulting in injuries to seven persons, three of them with pellets.

The pellet injured have been identified as Shabir Ahmad (40) son of Ghulam Mohd Bhat of Checkichullan Shopain (Pellet injury in left eye), Sameer Ahmad Shah (20) Nazir Ahmad Shah of Iqbalpora Shopain (pellet injury in right eye) and
Waseem Ahmad Malla (16) son of Fayaz Ahmed Malla of Reshipora Harmen Shopain (pellet injury in left eye).

All the injured were taken to Shopian hospital where from the three pellet wounded reffered to SMHS for specialized treatment.

A doctor at SMHS hospital said that the trio are being treated upon. He said that condition of the trio is stable.

The encounter had broke out in Hend Sitapora Shopian today wee hours after a joint team of army and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area.

In the wake of the killing the authorities have snapped internet services in Shopian and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir.

Two militants who were killed wee hours today have been identified by police as residents of neighbouring Kulgam district.

A police officer said that all legal medco formalities have been conducted in a nearby hospital.

The officer said that the identities of both the slain were ascertained as Javeed Ahmad Bhat son of Ali Mohd Bhat of Redwani Qoimoh Kulgam and Adil Bashir Wani son of Bashir Ahmad Wani of Waripora DH Pora Kulgam.

He said that while the body of Javeed, who was active since 2017 was handed over to family for last rites.

The body of slain militant Adil is also being handed over to family soon after his legal heirs reached to the police authorities in the southern district.

Adil according to the sources was missing from May 3. (GNS)


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