Five killed in latest bloodshed in Kashmir

Five killed in latest bloodshed in Kashmir

Five killed in latest bloodshed in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today paid tribute to the two Army jawans killed in an encounter with militants in Shopian district, an official spokesman said here.

In the morning on Sunday, police control room Shopian said that a house in which militants were hiding had been blown up.

Militants opened fire at an army camp in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, injuring a jawan, the police said on Saturday. The firing from terrorists prompted the security forces to wait until dawn while keeping a tight cordon around the area before launching a major strike.

The militants killed in the clash were identified as Muhammad Yasin Itoo alias "Gaznavi", Irfan-ul-Haq and Umar Majeed Mir, all belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen.

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The gunfight triggered after contingents of Indian troops and police encircled the area on intelligence information suggesting presence of militants.

Speaking to India Blooms, Senior Superintend of Police Shopian Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said, "Three militants were killed and firing have stopped". Two soldiers later succumbed to injuries. The killed army men were identified as Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman, 25, and Sepoy Ilayaraja P, also 25 years-old. "The media persons were evacuated in bullet proof vehicles of police", he said. The injured personnel were taken to a hospital for treatment, the official said.

Seven civilians had sustained pellet injuries on Saturday when protesters engaged the security forces in clashes to break the cordon around the site of the gunfight.

He said militants lobbed hand grenades and fired automatic rifles from two civilian homes and an apple orchard, killing two soldiers.

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