Toll reaches nine, 5 to 6 militants holed up in Kachdoora

Srinagar: The death toll in the two encounters in south Kashmir has risen to nine, sources said. They said that at least nine militants have been killed in two separate encounters in Shopian while as many more are reportedly holed up.

Sources in the police said that nine have been killed whereas six more are engaged in gunfight. Meanwhile DGP has said that seven dead bodies  have been recovered so far.  Some top commanders are also among the dead.

 “In Dragad Shopian 7 bodies of militants recovered including top commanders,” DGP tweeted.

DGP in another tweet said that another encounter is going on in Kachdoora and some civilians are trapped and efforts are on to rescue them.

Sources, meanwhile, said that four to seven militants are believed to be trapped at Kachdoora.

Reports of intense stone pelting clashes were received from Dragad and Kachdoora areas. At least 10 persons are said to have received injuries after police and Para-military forces used tear smoke shells and fired pellet guns to disperse them.

The gunfight at both the places broke out late last night after a joint team of army’s 44 RR, 3 RR, 34 RR, SOG and CRPF have cordoned off both the places.

Earlier, a militant Rouf Bashir Khanday was killed and his associate Imran Rashid was arrested alive after a gunfight at Brunty Dialgam.


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