3 Militants Killed in Sopore, 3 Protesting Youth Hit by Bullets

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Baramulla: Three militants were killed in a gunfight at Amargarh Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

A police official said that acting on a specific information about the presence of militants in Jamia Mohalla, Amargarh locality of Police jurisdiction Tarzoo in Sopore, Police Sopore along with 52 RR, 92, 177, 179 BN CRPF cordoned off the area and launched the search operation. The militants present opened fire on the joint search party, triggering an encounter. During encounter, three militants said to be part of Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed.

Three AK rifles and magazines were recovered from the encounter site, police said.

Sources said that the slain militants have been identified as Javaid Ahmed Dar of Khanpora Baramulla, Abid Hamid Mir of Hajin and Danish Ahmed of Sopore.

SP Sopore Harmeet Singh Mehta said that cordon and search operation was launched in the midnight while encounter culminated at 6 in the morning.

Shortly after the encounter, clashes erupted in different parts of North Kashmir.

To quell the protests, authorities not only snapped cellular and internet services but also ordered the closure of schools and colleges in Sopore and Baramulla.

Official sources said that the step was taken “as a precautionary measure”.

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They said that educational institutions were also shut in Handwara, Hajin and Sumbal areas of north Kashmir.

 Reports of protests and clashes pored in from different places of Bandipora and Baramulla districts. At Sadarkoot Bala, Hajin, Bandipora, Khanpora Baramulla protesters clashed with government forces.

Reports said that authorities imposed curfew like restrictions in old town area of Baramulla.

Locals said that as soon as the news of the killing of local militant killed in Sopore gunfight, reached, huge contingent of police and forces were deployed in Khanpora locality of the town.

They said all the entry and exit point of old town Baramulla were sealed by police and people were not allowed to move.

Reports said that one of a slain militants killed in the encounter and identified as Javed Ahmad Dar hailed from Khanpora area of old town Baramulla.

Thousands of people participated in the funeral procession of Javed Ahmad. Government Forces retreated from the area when his body was brought to his native place. His funeral prayer was offered at a local Eidgah.

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Reports said that Army resorted to firing at two separate places in North Kashmir injuring several civilians.

Reports said that at least three persons were wounded after Army opened fire on protesters at Sadarkoot Bala area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Witnesses said that people took to streets to protest the killing of three militants in a gunfight with government forces in Sopore. The protesters pelted stones while the army reportedly fired upon them injuring three youth who have been identified as Hilal Ahmed Wani, Latief Ahmed Khan and Suhail Ahmed Bhat all residents of Saderkoot Bala.

The injured have been shifted to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, army fired warning shots in South Kashmir’s Anantang district when their cavalcade was stonned at Wanpoh, Harnag and Khanabal areas in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Sources said that the stoned army party was the cavalcade of GOC Victor Force.

Srinagar based Defense spokesperson said that there was massive stone-pelting on Srinagar-Anantang road near Wanpouh while Army exercised maximum restraint to avoid collateral damage.

 

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