Five killed in J&K gunfight

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 13, 2017

In wake of the encounter, authorities have blocked internet services in Shopian district and other sensitive parts of south Kashmir.

In north Kashmir, suspected militants opened fire after police and army started a cordon and search operation at Wahab Parray Mohalla in Hajin area of Bandipora district.

The house in Awneera village in which the militants had been hiding was blasted by the security forces. According to reports, two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped.

The slain terrorists have been identified as Yaseen Itoo, a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander along with aides Irfan-ul-Haq Sheikh and Umar Majid Sheikh.

The gunfight also left two soldiers martyred while unknown number of militants reportedly escaped from the spot.

Two Indian soldiers and three separatist fighters have been killed in a fierce gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Thousands of residents from adjoining villages marched to the site of encounter last evening and pelted stones at the security forces, sparking clashes during which at least two dozen protesters were injured.

Reportedly, seven civilians had sustained pellet injuries during the clashes.

Five soldiers were injured in the gunfight yesterday and were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital of the Army for treatment.

Meanwhile, authorities have directed telecom authorities to block mobile Internet services in Budgam district.

The security forces have launched "Operation all-out" against militants across the Kashmir Valley.

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