Two civilians and an army personnel were killed during an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district today morning.
At least 35 others injured during clashes near the encounter site between government forces and locals at Khudwani area of Kulgam where two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba are believed to be trapped inside a house, a local report said.
A doctor at Qoimoh hospital said that a 16-year-old civilian Bilal Ahmad Tantray of Qoimoh was brought dead. He had bullet injuries on the right side of his chest, the doctor said. He said the hospital received 35 injured persons having bullet, pellet and injuries due to teargas shells. Earlier, a civilian, Sharjeel Ahmad Sheikh son of Abdul Hameed of Khudwani, was killed by the government forces near the encounter site.
A police officer said that Sarjeel was killed in “cross firing” while investigations are underway to ascertain how Bilal died. “We are ascertaining how Bilal was killed. Whether he also died in cross firing is being ascertained,” the officer said.
An army soldier was killed and two others injured during the encounter at Wani Mohall area of Khudwani. The encounter started between militants and government forces started late last night.
Official sources said that a joint team of army’s 1 R, SOG and CRPF laid a siege at Wani Mohalla area of Khudwani at around 11:30 pm.
The joint team of forces launched a cordon in the area following inputs about the presence of some militants.
As the joint party approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire triggering off a gunfight.
Three army personnel suffered injuries and were removed to army hospital at Badamibagh where one of them succumbed to injuries. Schools and colleges were closed and internet suspended in the district.