Soldier, Civilian Killed In Kulgam Clash

SRINAGAR, APRIL 11: An army soldier and a civilian were killed in an ongoing gunfight in Khudwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday.

An official said that the gunfight broke out in Wani Mohalla area of Khudwani at 11 pm after forces launched a cordon-and-search operation.

“During the search operation, some gunshots were heard after which an encounter started. The gunfight is still underway,” he said, adding three forces’ personnel wounded in the firefight were evacuated to an army hospital.

An army official confirmed that an army man wounded in the firefight succumbed at the hospital.

Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba are believed to be trapped inside a house.

Authorities on Wednesday suspended Internet services in twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag.

Meanwhile, clashes have erupted near the site of the gunfight between the forces and the protesters.

A civilian, Sharjeel Ahmad Sheikh, suffered bullet injury during clashes with the forces near the gunfight site. He was rushed to district hospital Anantnag where he succumbed. Another civilian Irfan Ahmad of Tengpora was hit by pellets in his eye. He was shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment.

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