3 Civilians Among 5 Killed in Kulgam Shootout

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Kulgam: At least five persons, including three civilians, were killed when unidentified militants struck at main market here Saturday evening targeting a police party.

Police sources said militants opened fire on a police party which had got down from their vehicle to clear a traffic jam at towns Mir Bazar. In the shoot out three civilians, one policemen and one militant were killed, they said.

Half dozen others, including several policemen, were reportedly injured.

Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid said that a police party at Malpora on Qazigund-Kulgam road was clearing the traffic when the militant group comprising three members opened indiscriminate fire upon them.

The police party retaliated resulting into the killing of a militant, DGP said.

In the attack four civilians and four cops sustained serious bullet wounds, DGP said.

All the injured were immediately evacuated to the nearby hospital where a cop (follower) and three civilians succumbed to injuries, DGP said, adding that three injured policemen have been referred to army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar.A civilian injured in the attacj was referred to SMHS hospital.

The police have identified the slain cop as Mehmood Ahmad (Follower) No. 06/F S/O Ghulam Mohiddin Sheikh R/O Pariwan, Kulgam. The three civilians have been identified as Niyaz Ahmad Mir Son-in-Law of Abdul Khaliq Bhat R/O Malpora,Suhail Nabi Bhat S/O Ghulam Nabi Bhat R/O Badipora, Tral and Ham Raj Sharma S/O Badrinath R/O Samba. The militants has been identified as Fayaz Ashwar S/O Bashir Ahmad R/O Reshipora, Qaimoh.

One more militant also sustained injuries and managed to flee from the spot. However, the cops managed to snatch a pistol from his possession.

Seven people, including five policemen, were killed on Monday when militants attacked a bank van carrying cash in Kulgam, police said.

The Army operation against militants in the district was called off in the midnight on Thursday after clashes broke out between security personnel and residents who came out of their homes to help militants escape security cordon.

Security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation in Khudwani area of Kulgam district after information about presence of three to four militants there, an Army official had said.

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