Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Kashmir shuts against Kulgam killings

Authorities imposed restrictions in Kulgam and Shopian towns of South Kashmir and also increased the presence of police and paramilitary personnel in sensitive areas in Srinagar and other towns in the Valley. Three militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed on 23 November afternoon in a gunfight with Indian army and police at neighboring Silligam village.

Once the militants realized that army is closing in on them, heavy gunfire started and army also retaliated.

As many as four terrorists, two security personnel and one civilian were killed in the encounter that broke out in Kulgam this morning.

All shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Srinagar. He mentioned that as the security forces were closing in on the position of the militants, they opened up firing resulting in the injuries to five soldiers. The house owner's son Adil Reshi was caught in crossfire and died instantly, police officials said.

In the encounter between the security forces and the militants on February 12 that lasted for hours, two army men were martyred and four militants were killed.

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The wounded troopers who were immediately airlifted to military base hospital in Srinagar are said to be in stable condition.

IGP said that an investigation had been launched into the circumstances that led to the death of the second civilian during the course of a clash.

Security forces recovered the bodies of the slain terrorists and four AK-47 weapons from the spot.

The situation in the area was reported highly volatile and a large number of people have taken to streets to protest against the killings. "All four militants-two belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba and two of Hizbul Mujahideen-were gunned down", said Chakraborty.

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