Kashmir: Civilian, 2 militants killed in Shopian

Kashmir: Civilian, 2 militants killed in Shopian
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Two women including sister of militant injured

SHOPIAN: A 17-year-old youth and two militants were killed in a gunfight at Choiegund-Adoo village of Shopian district on Wednesday. Two ladies, including a militant’s sister was also injured.
Pulwama’s Rajpora Block Medical Officer Javid Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that a 17-year-old boy was brought dead to the hospital and was later identified as Shakir Ahmad Mir, son of Muhammad Maqbool Mir, resident of Kalanpora village of Shopian. “One boy was brought dead and two injured ladies were also brought here who were then referred to Pulwama hospital from where they were referred to Srinagar,” he said.
The gun battle broke out around 4 pm on Wednesday in the village following intelligence inputs about the presence of two militants in the area. Choiegund-Adoo village is situated some 12 kilometres from the Shopian district headquarters.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Shopian, S A Dinkar confirmed the killing of two militants in the encounter. “Two weapons have been retrieved from the encounter site, and we are trying to retrieve the bodies of the militants and then identification will be done,” he said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir, S P Pani told Kashmir Reader that the civilian boy was killed in the initial exchange of fire. He said the women injured during clashes were stable.
Later the slain militants were identified as Sameer Ahmad of Choiegund-Adoo village and Firdous Ahmad Ganowpora Shopian. Both the killed militants were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen.
The two-storey residential house of Abdul Lateef Wani where the militants were holed up was also razed to the ground during the encounter.
Massive clashes were reported till the end of the gunfight, during which many civilians were injured.
A police spokesperson in a statement said, “during indiscriminate firing by the militants and the retaliatory fire civilian Shakir Ahmad Mir got killed and two ladies Sabreena Jan and Sumi Jan both the residents of Keegam Shopian received bullet injuries”. The injured ladies were taken to SMHS hospital where from they were shifted to SKIMS Soura for specialised treatment, it said.

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