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Shopian Gunfight Ends With Deaths Of Two Militants, Civilian; 40 Civilians, Two Soldiers Wounded

SRINAGAR, JULY 10: Two militants and a civilian were killed while 40 civilian protesters and two soldiers were injured on Tuesday in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

The father of one of the local rebels died of cardiac arrest after rumours that his son was trapped in the house surrounded by the forces.

A police official confirmed that two militants were killed in the gunfight that raged for several hours in Kundalan village of the district. He identified one of the slain as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh of Ayand Rawalpora area of the district.

He said the other one was believed to be a foreigner.

The gunfight that raged for several hours in Kundalan village broke out today morning after forces cordoned off the area.

Reports said that youth took to streets and clashes with the forces to disrupt the anti-militant operation. As civilians poured out of their homes and clashed with the forces during the fighting, forces fired live ammunition, tear gas and pellets to chase them away, leading to at least 40 injuries.

A doctor at district hospital Shopian said four civilians were referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. One of the injured civilians identified as Tamsheel Ahmad Khan succumbed at SMHS hospital in Srinagar.

Two soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, injured in the initial gunfight were shifted to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar.

Muhammad Ishaq Naikoo, the father of Zeenat, who had just joined the militant ranks, was declared dead on arrival at a hospital. Naikoo suffered cardiac arrest.

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