Govt forces open fire in north Kashmir’s Lolab, civilian injured

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Srinagar: A middle-aged man was critically injured on Thursday when government forces opened fire to disperse a group of mourners in a village in Lolab valley of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Dozens of mourners carrying body of slain Hizb militant Bilal Ahmad Shah were on their way to Shatmuqam when government forces opened fire upon them near Krusun village of Lolab valley on Thursday evening, witnesses told Kashmir Reader.

In the firing, one civilian was injured. Witnesses identified him as 55-year-old Mohammad Jamal Tantray. Tantray received two bullets in left arm and abdomen. The injured was removed to the nearby hospital for treatment.

BMO, Sogam Dr Firdous Ahmad confirmed that a middle-aged man with two bullet injuries was brought to the hospital for treatment. He said the condition of the injured was life threatening.

Earlier in the day, Shah alongwith another Hizb militant Zahoor Ahmad were killed at Khumriyal area in a brief encounter with the government forces.