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Army commando killed in Kashmir gunfight
July 12, 2018
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Srinagar: An Indian Army commando was killed and another injured in a gunfight with militants in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday, while a civilian there was killed when security forces opened fire in a clash with protesters, officials said.

Army officials said Sepoy Mukul Meena of 3 Para Regiment was killed in the battle that was still raging till late in the evening in Sadu Ganga forest area of the north Kashmir mountainous district.

The operation was launched in the forest area on Tuesday following information about a group of militants hiding there.

Meanwhile, the civilian, identified as Khalid Gaffar, was killed in clashes between protesters and an army patrol in Kupwara’s Trehgam town on Wednesday evening, police sources said.

“Some protesters hurled stones at an army patrol party while it was passing through Trehgam town. The patrol opened fire at the protesters resulting in death of the civilian,” a source said.

Tension has gripped the entire area while senior civil and police officials have reached the spot to ensure things remain under control.

In a separate incident, a six-year-old boy was killed and four others injured on Wednesday in an accidental explosion in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.

The blast occurred when a group of boys was fiddling with some explosives in Memander village.

Saliq succumbed to his injuries in the hospital while four others were being treated. Police said the exact cause of th explosion was being ascertained.

Meanwhile, life across the Kashmir Valley was adversely affected by a separatist called protest shutdown against the “continuing killings of civilians by the Indian security forces”.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were placed under house arrest while Yasin Malik, the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), continued to remain in preventive detention in Srinagar.

The shutdown was called after two militants and two civilians were killed and over 20 protesters injured during a gunfight in Shopian on Tuesday.

A man died of shock after being misinformed that his son, Zeenat, who recently joined militant ranks, was trapped at the gunbattle site.

Indo-Asian News Service

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