Five militants and five civilians were killed by government forces Sunday after a gunfight erupted in Badigam village in Imam Sahib area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, reports said.
Top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Saddam Paddar and Kashmir University Assistant Professor Muhammad Rafi Bhat were among five militants killed in the gunfight.
Others believed to be killed, as per the family sources, are Bilal Ahmed Mahand aka Bilal Molvi of Heff area in Shopian, Adil Malik of Malikgund, Tawseef Ahmed Sheikh of Rampura Khudwani, Kulgam, reports said.
Meanwhile, civilians rushed to the gunfight spot in a bid to engage government forces to help militants escape from the spot.
In the initial clashes, one teenager identified as Asif Ahmad Mir was injured and later succumbed at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital.
Official sources from district hospital Shopian said that another civilian identified as Zubair Ahmad Nengroo a resident of Rajpora area of Pulwama was also killed due to bullet injury, reports said.
Zubair was killed at Nagbal, locals said. He has two bullets in his chest and was brought dead to Shopian hospital.
Adil Ahmad, a resident of Ashmuji in Kulgam district, was injured after army men opened fire in Behibagh village of Kulgam.
Sajad Ahmad of Verinag Dooru, was killed after forces fired at protesters in Chitragam village of Shopian, reports said.
Army has fired on stone pelters at Nagbal when they were driving bodies of the slain militants to Zainapora police station, local reports said.
Another civilian Nasir Ahmad Kumar was also injured in clashes in Shopian village.
He was shifted to nearby hospital where from he was referred to SMHS Srinagar hospital in critical conditions where he succumbed later.
A policeman and a soldier of 44 RR were injured in the initial exchange of fire with the militants, reports said. The injured were shifted to 92 base military hospitals in Badami Bagh Srinagar.
Earlier three civilians were killed and at least a dozen protesters have been injured during clashes near the encounter site.