2 militants killed in Shopian encounter

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/11/2018 12:42:38 PM

Civilian killed in firing on protestors during clashes

SRINAGAR, Jul 10: Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces at Kumdalan village in Shopian today. A civilian, a teenaged-boy, was killed when security men opened fire on protestors during clashes in the village.
Several others were injured during clashes. Two army personnel including a junior commissioned officer also sustained injuries during the exchange of fire with militants.
Reports said that security forces cordoned off Kumdalan village after receiving inputs about the presence of militants there.
As the operation was in progress, people particularly youth, held protest demonstrations, reports said. They clashed with security forces and pelted stones. The security men burst smoke shells, fired bullets and pellets.
A number of persons sustained bullet and pellet injuries. They were removed to hospital.
Reports said an 18 year old civilian identified as Tamsheel Ahmed Khan son of Khurshid Ahmed, a resident of Vehil Shopian succumbed to his injuries. He had received a bullet in his head.
Giving details, chief medical officer, Shopian Dr Abdul Raheed told media that 123 civilians were brought to district hospital Shopian, Harman and Vehil hospitals.
Six among them had bullet injuries and were referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment, he said, adding 17 people with critical pellet injuries were also referred to different Srinagar hospitals and 14 among them had pellet injuries in their eyes.
A doctor at district hospital Kulgam, said that they received 13 injured civilians.
“One among them had bullet injury while six were hit by pellets in their eyes, all of the seven were referred to Srinagar,” he said.
Amid the clashes the encounter ended with the killing of two militants.
A defence spokesperson, Colonel Rajesh Kalia told media that two militants were killed in the attack while two weapons were recovered from the site. Reports said that two houses in which the militants were present was blasted to the ground.
A police official said that pursuing credible leads regarding the presence of militants in Kumdallan a joint patrol of the security forces launched searches in the area in the wee hours today.
“As the searches were going on, militants hiding inside the house fired upon the search party. The search party in their guarded response fired back thereby establishing contact with the terrorists leading to an encounter. Some of the civilians in the nearby houses were quickly evacuated by the security forces.”
“During the encounter all the hiding militants were eliminated successfully by the joint patrol of the security forces. The killed militants were identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh a local and Babar from Pakistan. They were affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM.”
“Sameer Ahmad Sheikh son of Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh resident Rawalpora Shopian was a school dropout and had joined the militants outfit JeM after he was reported missing from his home since April 2018.”
“On the basis of documents available the other militant was identified as Babar a JeM commander of Pakistan origin. They were involved in many attacks on the security establishments and civilian atrocities.”
The police handout that some civilians were also injured in cross firing at the site of encounter, who were later evacuated to the hospital for medical attention. One of the injured persons later succumbed to his injuries while the other injured are stated to be stable now.
“Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site. Police has registered a case and investigation has been initiated in the instant matter.
Meanwhile, mobile internet service has been snapped in twin districts of Pulwama and Shopian.



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