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Clashes erupt in Pulwama after militant killings

July 04, 2017 07:10 PM

Srinagar (PKB), July 4: Massive clashes erupted between protesters and government forces in Kellar area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district following the killing of three militants in a gunfight in Bahmnoo village on Tuesday. Men, women and children took to streets and clashed with forces to protest the killing of three militants in nearby Pulwama district.

The protesters hurled rocks at the forces, which retaliated by firing tear smoke and ‘PAVA’ shells. There was no immediate report of any injuries. Bahmnoo gunfight ended today after over 24 hours with the killing of all three militants.

Four houses where the militants had taken cover were blasted by the forces.

Earlier, a third militant was killed in the Pulwama district of South Kashmir as the encounter with the security forces entered the second day. Two militants were earlier killed in the ongoing counter-terror operation in the Bamnoo area and a police official told that another body was recovered this morning. The search operation to flush out the terrorists was started after the Special Operations Group (SOG) Pulwama and 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of army launched cordon on receiving specific information.

However, the search operation turned into a gunfight after the militants opened fire on security forces. The identity of the slain ultras has not been ascertained yet, the official said. Two Army personnel were also injured in the incident. In the joint operation, the security force also recovered weapon and other warlike stores. Meanwhile, in a separate operation, the security forces have begun cordon and search operation in Ajas area of Bandipora district where terrorists are suspected to be trapped.


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