Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

1 jawan martyred, 3 terrorists trapped in Khudwani area of Kulgam

1 jawan martyred, 3 terrorists trapped in Khudwani area of Kulgam

An army soldier and a civilian were killed during an ongoing gunbattle in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Briefing reporters, senior police officers said there was specific intelligence about the presence of three local militants owing allegiance to Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba terror group at a house in the Khudwani area following which a cordon was thrown at 10 pm last night. The security forces were also under pressure to end the operation amid mounting civilian deaths. The security personnel opened fire. Four men were killed and at least 40 civilians injured, officials said.

Three security force personnel were injured in the initial exchange of firing, the officials said.

This is the second time that four civilians have been killed by security forces near encounter sites.

Police officials stated this after clearing the debris of the house.

The news of civilian killings triggered protests in Srinagar and other places.

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Sarjeel Ahmad (25), Faisal Ilahi (14) and Bilal Ahamad Tantray (16) succumbed to injuries at a hospital, they said.

Authorities ordered the closure of all schools and colleges in Kulgam and Internet services were suspended in south Kashmir areas.

Protesters pelting stones at the security forces even as two-to-three LeT militants reportedly remained holed up inside the house. Unrest also gripped Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian towns.

Most Kashmiris support the rebels' cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.

The killing of four civilians and injuring at least 70 people in Kulgam has evoked widespread protests in the length and breadth of Kashmir with Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) calling for complete shutdown on Thursday.

While Malik addressed the media in person, Geelani and the Mirwaiz spoke to the journalists over telephone.

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