Militant, civilian killed in ongoing gunfight in Shopian

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SRINAGAR — A militant was killed in an encounter while as a civilian was also killed after sustaining serious bullet wound during violent clashes at Pinjura area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday.

Clashes erupted after protestors tried to disrupt the anti-militancy operation launched by the joint team of police and other government forces.

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Official sources identified the slain civilian as Sajad Ahmed Parray, a resident of Badarhama, Shopian who was part of the protesting group near the encounter site.

Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Shopian, G M Bhat confirmed that they received Sajad in a critical condition.

However, official sources at the hospital confirmed that Sajad succumbed to his injuries later.

A police official confirmed the killing of a militant in the ongoing gunfight. “The body has been retrieved and further searches are on,” he said.

Earlier, a gunfight had started between government forces and militants in Pinjura area of Shopian district.

An official said that on specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area, joint team of forces including 44 RR launched search operation in the area.

“On intensifying search operation towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon forces which triggered an encounter,” he said.

Meanwhile, intense clashes were going on at the encounter spot in which dozens of youth sustained injuries.

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