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2 soldiers, 4 ultras killed in Kashmir

Darrell Mcdonald | 14 February, 2017, 00:50

Kashmir Valley observed a shutdown today called by the Hurriyat conference over the killing of two civilians and four militants in an encounter with Indian Army in Kulgam.

On 4 February, security personnel intercepted and neutralised two terrorists in Baramulla district, after receiving a tip-off about their presence in the area.

Sources said intense gunfight erupted when the security forces engaged with the holed up terrorists who tried to break the cordon and escape. Three Indian soldiers were also killed in clashes.

Militants that were hiding in the village purportedly fired shots at the security forces, following which, the army gunned down four militants of the outfit. Heavy contingents of police and security forces have been deployed in the region to prevent massive public protests. Two AK-47 rifles were also recovered from the slain militants.

Indian media reported that two troops were also killed in clashes, which took place after forces cordoned off Nowpora area of Frisal in the district. "Two of our soldiers killed while three are wounded", Indian military spokesperson told media.

Kashmiri Muslims carry the body of Adil Shiekh, a local militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen, during his funeral procession in Bijbehara some 50km south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Nov. 24, 2015. "We have referred at least 21 wounded youth to district hospital Anantnag", chief medical officer of Kulgam, Dr Shafi said, adding that a lot of them were out of danger.

The 24-year old civilian died of wounds after police opened fire at the protesters, deputy inspector general of south Kashmir SP Pani said. "Several Indian soldiers were killed while many of them suffered disabilities".

The killing of the civilians conjured a mixed response with the separatist leaders calling for a valley-wide strike.

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