Militant’s Killing: Clashes Rock HMT Area  

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SRINAGAR — Massive clashes erupted in Zainakote area of Srinagar after the killing of Islamic State Jammu Kashmir (ISJK) chief Dawood Salafi in a gunfight with forces in Srigufwara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday.

An eye witness said that a huge number of youth descended on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway at HMT Zainakote as the news of killing of Salafi spread.

He said the youth hurled rocks at the police and paramilitary forces which retaliated by firing tear gas shells.

Salafi was killed along with three associates in Nowshera Khiram village of Srigufwara earlier today. A civilian and a policeman were also killed in the firefight.

Reports said youth were shouting pro-freedom and anti-governmental slogans to protest against the killing of militants.

However, the protest soon turned in clashes after youth hurled stones on forces which in retaliation fired tear smoke shells and pellet firing to disperse the agitated youth.

Reports said forces also fired few rounds of bullets in the air to disperse them from the national highway.

Dawood was long with his associates Majid Manzoor Dar of Talangam Pulwama and Aadil Rehman Bhat of Shettipora Bijbehara and Mohammad Ashraf Itoo of Hatigam Srigufwara Anantnag.

Police said initially Dawood was known to be affiliated with TuM outfit. The social media profiling and inputs regarding slain militants indicate that they were inspired by ISIS module.

Authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in all four south Kashmir districts and in Srinagar to check the spread of any kind of rumours.

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