Srinagar: Three militants and two Indian army men were killed in a gunfight in Awneera village of Shopian in south Kashmir, police said today.
In a tweet, DGP S P Vaid confirmed the death of three militants

The slain youth have been identified as Umar Majid Sheikh, resident of Kathpora Yaripora; Adil Malik, resident of Malikgund Shopian and Irfanul Sheikh, resident of Malldaira Shopian.

The troops blasted a mosque and four residential houses during the operation that began late last night in Awneera area. Personnel from 55 Rashtriya Rifles, special operations group of police and Central Reserve Police Force are jointly taking part in the operation.

He said that a combing operation is on at the site of the gunfight that started late last night.
Two army men were killed and four injured in the initial phase of firing last night.

The violent operation by Indian troops led to forceful protests in the area. Many civilians were injured when troops resorted to pellet firing on the protesters. The injured were shifted to District Hospital Kulgam for treatment. Meanwhile, three more Indian forces’ personnel were injured when a patrol party came under attack in Hajin area of Bandipora district, today. The injured personnel were taken to a hospital for treatment, the official said.

On the other hand, a civilian, identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir, who was injured in an explosion in Dalgate area of Srinagar on Saturday succumbed at Soura hospital this morning. Imtiyaz was injured during an explosion near Budyari Chowk, Dalgate on Saturday evening.

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