J&K encounter: Army jawan killed, 3 civilians die in clashes

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the district's Khudwani area on Tuesday night following information about presence of militants there the officials said

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the district's Khudwani area on Tuesday night following information about presence of militants there the officials said

One soldier was killed and two were injured in the operation in Kulgam district that was called off after the rebels apparently succeeded in breaking free through the cordon. Three security forces personnel were wounded in the encounter. Later one of them succumbed to injuries at a hospital, the officials said.

Another injured person, identified as 30-year-old Aijaz Palla, later succumbed in a hospital, a health official said. According to a latest reports, some of the terrorists have been trapped in the South Kashmir area. "Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants are believed hiding in the area", said the police.

'We are acting on the advice of police and civil administration, ' railway official said, adding that the decision to suspend train service was being taken for the security and safety of passengers and railway property.

As the gun-battle is raging, authorities have suspended mobile internet services in Kulgam district to prevent any law and order problems.

However, some people in Kulgam alleged that the four were killed when security forces opened fire on a crowd that was proceeding towards the encounter site.

Earlier, two other civilians, Bilal Ahmad Dar, 17, and Sharjeel Sheikh 28, injured during clashes between protesters and security forces at Wani Mohalla in Khudwani area of Kulgam had died.

"The operation has been called off", the spokesperson said. The joint separatist leadership is expected to mobilise protesters to agitate against the civilian killings.

After the press conference, Malik set out on a protest march but was detained, triggering more clashes between JKLF supporters and security forces in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, soon after the news of youth killings came into light protests erupted in several parts of Kashmir Valley including in Sopore, Kashmir University and other parts of South Kashmir.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.