Kashmir Tense as Forces Kill Two Youth

SRINAGAR – Protests erupted at a village in north Kashmir’s district Bandipur after forces allegedly killed an 18-year-old boy and critically injured a man during a pre-dawn operation on Sunday.

Sumbal area on north Kashmir in Bandipore district has turned tense after two civilians died in army’s firing on Sunday morning.

Officials said that troops opened fire at Markundal village near Sumbal at 4:00 am when army was reportedly carrying out a cordon and search operation. One civilian got killed.

They said that residents of the area attacked an ambulance when the young man killed in the shootout was being rushed to Sumbal. Again troops opened fire in which another civilian Irshad Ahmad Dar died.

Reports said that over a thousand people have gathered and they were shouting slogans against army. Authorities were reportedly negotiating the matter with the angry residents while mulling the option of imposing curfew in a particular area. 

An agency report, however, said two people had been shot. The PTI reported local MLA and higher education minister Mohammad Akbar Lone as saying that two youngsters were shot dead.  

According to reports, the forces were on the operation at Markundal village near Sumbal town, about 30km northeast of capital Srinagar, acting on information about the presence of militants in the area.


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