Militant, four civilians dead in J&K attack

Posted March 05, 2018

A militant was killed in a gunfight with security forces Sunday night in south Kashmir's Shopian district, the army said.

"Three Over Ground Workers (OGWs)/ accomplices in the vehicle who were accompanying the militant were found to be dead".

"Three OGWs/ accomplices in the vehicle who were accompanying the terrorist were found to be dead", an Army spokesman said. The incident took place at 8 pm.

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Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that a joint mobile vehicle checkpost near Pohnoo was sacked upon by militants travelling in a vehicle at 8 pm.

The Army said local police have started legal formalities.

In retaliatory firing, a terrorist identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, resident of Jamnagri of Shopian, was killed and a weapon was found with him.

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The Army men were fired upon and they retaliated, in which a terrorist was killed, the official said.

The three slain were identified as Suhail Khalil Wagay, Mohd Shahid Khan and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay.

After the killing of four persons including a militant, clashes erupted in the area with youth taking to roads and pelting stones on the security personnel. The area was cordoned off and search operations launched, a police official told PTI.

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But local residents alleged that this was the second time this year that civilians have been killed in army firing and the incident could spark unrest.