Hizb militant injured in Shopian shootout hospitalised at SKIMS

Srinagar: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant was injured in a brief shootout at Ahagam area of Shopian Thursday night and is being treated at SKIMS Soura here.

A police spokesperson in a statement said, “As reported by the army in Shopian, a Mobile Vehicle Check Post (MVCP) of 44RR was fired upon by the militants traveling in a Swift car, which was signalled to stop late last night.”

“The militants fired upon the naka party, which was retaliated by the men on duty with extreme caution. Militants lost control of the vehicle and the car got stuck. Consequently, the militants abandoned the car and managed to flee. The police have reached the spot and seized the vehicle.”

“In the incident, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant sustained bullet wounds,” the spokesperson said. “Police authorities have learnt that one Asif Ashraf Malik son of Ashraf Malik of Krawoora Shopian active since 19-10-2017 with outfit HM has been admitted with a bullet injury at SKIMS Soura where he has been given required medical treatment. Preliminary investigation suggests that he was injured in the incident of yesterday at Ahgam where militants from a Swift car opened fire on an Army patrol. The medical bulletin of the injured is yet to be received. Police is investigating the matter.”

“One more person namely Shahid Bhat has been brought to hospital with bullet injury last night. The circumstances in which he received the injury are being ascertained. The injured is stated to be stable,” the spokesperson added.

Medical Superintendent (MS) SKIMS, Syed Amin Tabish said that both the persons were taken off the ventilator.

“Asif had firearm abdomen injury and has seen a sign of improvement,” MS said. “The condition of another injured is also improving.” (GNS)

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