Srinagar: Eight militants, two civilians, and two army personnel were killed in three separate gunfights in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag district today, DGP SP Vaid said while addressing a press conference.
While the gunfights at Anantnag’s Dialgam and Shopian’s Draggad have ended, another gunfight at Kachdoora village of Shopian is going on, Vaid said.
In Draggad gunfight, seven militants were killed while as one militant was killed in Dialgam encounter.
A civilian Zubair Ahmad of Gopalpora, Kulgam was killed by government forces at Kachdoora encounter site during the clashes, while as another civilian, identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Padroo of Dragad, owner of one the houses in which militants were holled up, was killed during the crossfire, police said.
The police said that the eight militants were locals belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar Toiba outfits.
Among the militants killed include Rayees Thoker and Ishfaq Malik who are believed to have shot dead Indian Army officer Lt. Ummer Fayyaz in May 2017.
Meanwhile, around 50 civilians have been injured during clashes as youth rushed to the encounter site in Kachdoora to help escape the holed up militants.