Shopian encounter: woman killed, 8 injured after protests erupt

Shopian encounter: woman killed, 8 injured after protests erupt

Shopian encounter: woman killed, 8 injured after protests erupt

One militant was identified as Tanveer Ahmad Bhat of Bhatmaran Shopain who, according to local sources, had come to meet his family.

The gunfight erupted om Monday evening in Batmurran area of Shopian during a cordon and search operation of the security forces. The gunfight continued throughout the night.

The forces laid a cordon and started advancing towards the house, but the militants hiding there fired volley of bullets triggering an encounter.

Two unidentified militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said on Tuesday. The bullet hit youth were identified as Ajaz Ahmed Dar son of Ghulam Muhammad of Batapora, Jahangir Ahmed Wani son of Ali Muhammad, a resident of Wathoo, Feroz Ahmed Lone son of Abdul Rehman of Ganapora, Farooq Ahmed Ganai son of Muhammad Abdullah and Showkat Ahmed Paswal son of Nazir Ahmed, both residents of Bhattipora Shopian. Confirming this a police spokesman said that another militant fled from the encounter site. "She had bullet injuries in the abdomen and died on her arrival in the hospital", said a hospital official.

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The trapped militants tried to escape while firing their guns but soldiers retaliated, leading to a prolonged clash.

"Around 24 civilians were brought to our hospital out of which we referred some 11 people to Srinagar hospitals for specialized treatment. The cordon was strengthened and the civilians of nearby area were evacuated", a police spokesman said. The security forces had to fire shotgun pellets and tear gas shells to contain the violent mob during the course of which at least a dozen civilians and a minor sustained serious injuries.

Two security personnel including a jawan of 44 RR and a cop were also injured during the encounter.

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