Gunmen Kill Shopkeeper, Injure Driver In Pulwama

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2 Civilians Injured In Ongoing Pampore Encounter

Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a shopkeeper and injured a cab driver in two separate attacks in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.

According to the officials, unidentified gunmen appeared in Tral town on Thursday evening and fired upon the shopkeeper identified as Mohammad Ayoub Ahangar. The shopkeeper, they said was critically injured in the attack.

He was taken to the nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

Barely an hour after this incident, unknown gunmen shot at and injured a cab driver in Kakapora in the district.

The driver Mohammad Aslam was fired upon by gunmen in Wanpora village due to which he received injuries in his arm. The injured driver was removed to sub-district hospital Pampore for treatment.

According to the officials, his condition is stable.

Soon after the shootout, state forces reached the village and started a search operation to nab the attackers.

2 Civilians Injured In Ongoing Pampore Encounter

Earlier two civilians were injured, one among them critically in the ongoing encounter between government forces and militants in Pampore town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said Thursday.

Acting on inputs suggesting presence of militants, army’s 50 RR, special operations group (SOG) of police and CRPF appeared in Lalpora village of Pampore and started a cordon and search operation, a police spokesperson said. He said while cordon was being laid, the militants hiding in the village fired “indiscriminately” leaving at least two people injured.

A local news agency KNO identified the two injured civilians as Abid Nabi and Kifayat Ahmad, both residents of Pampore.

Block Medical Officer (BMO) Pampore, Gulzar Ahmad said that two persons—one with head injury and another with thigh injury were received at SDH Pampore and both were referred to Srinagar.

“Abid Nabi with critical head injury is undergoing treatment at SMHS Srinagar while Kifayat Ahmad is undergoing treatment at Bone and Joint hospital,” a health official said.

Taking to its official Twitter page, police wrote the hiding militants have been tracked by the combined forces and the encounter between the two sides was going on.

According to the reports, the state forces have tightened the cordon in the village and have installed lights to foil any attempts of the holed-up militants to escape.

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