Clashes escalate in south Kashmir’s Shopian, 3 injured

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Shopian: At least three people were injured today as government forces lobbed tear smoke shells and fired warning shots after massive protests broke out in Laddi area of this south Kashmir district, where anti-militancy operation was launched in the wee hours today.

Scores of youth hit the streets in Laddi village here and clashed with the government forces when they were withdrawing from the area this afternoon, witness told Kashmir Reader.

Govt forces, they said fired shots in air after numerous tear smoke shells failed ineffective to disperse stone pelting protesters.

“The clashes have turned fierce. Angry youth are continuing renewed assaults on the forces,” witnesses said.

According to witnesses, at least twenty people have been injured in the clashes. However, the officials at Zainpora hospital confirmed injury to only three people. Two of the injured, they said were referred to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital for advanced treatment.

Meanwhile, the militants have reportedly managed to flee after engaging government forces in a brief but fierce gun-battle.