A militant and three civilian were killed in a firing incident in Shopian district of south Kashmir late Sunday evening.
An army spokesperson claimed that a joint Mobile Vehicle Check Post (MVCP) was attacked by militants travelling in a vehicle at Pohan in south Kashmir district of Shopian at 2000 hrs.
The spokesperson claimed that troops also retaliated and during the search of the vehicle bodies of a militant and three overground militant workers were recovered.
The slain militant was identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, resident of Jamnagri, Shopian. One weapon was also recovered from the spot, he said.
The three deceased youth have been identified as Suhail Khaleel Wagay of Pinjoora, Mohammad Shahid Khan of Malikgund, Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay of Trenz.
However, locals contested the army claim, saying the three slain youth were civilians who were travelling in a car. Meanwhile, clashes erupted as soon as the news spread in the area.