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Civilian among three killed in Shopian gunfight in J&K

While a police statement said that three militants were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, it was confirmed later that one of the victim was a civilian.

The police said in a statement on Thursday that three militants were killed in the gunfight that took place earlier in the day in Handew village.

While two victims were identified as Yawar Mushtaq and Shakeel Ahmed, both Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants from Shopian, the third was identified as a civilian, Ishtiyaq Ahmed Bhat.

A soldier, Rohit Kumar Yadav who was injured in the gunfight, succumbed to his wounds on Thursday night in the Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar, the police said.

In Thursday’s two gunfights in Pulwama and Shopian districts killed a total of five militants, two civilians and two soldiers.

Three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, including a top commander identified as a Pakistan national Khalid Bhai, a civilian and a soldier were killed in a gunfight in Dalipora village of Pulwama.

Police said Khalid Bhai had masterminded the 2017 attack on the Lethpora CRPF camp in Pulwama district in which five troopers were killed.

In a third shootout between the security forces and militants in Kupwara’s Kandi forests on Thursday, there were no reports of any casualty.

(IANS)

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Soldier and a militant killed in Jammu and Kashmir gunfight

A soldier and a militant were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday, the Army said, denying earlier reports that two soldiers died.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the operation against an unspecified number of militants in Ratnipora village had ended.

“One terrorist has been killed and one soldier has been martyred in this operation,” he said, adding that a weapon was recovered from the slain terrorist.

Earlier reports quoting police sources said two soldiers were killed in the gunfight.

The injured soldiers were taken to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Badamibagh cantonment area of Srinagar.

The slain militant, identified as Hilal Ahmad Rather, was a local Kashmiri working for the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

Police sources said Hilal Ahmed Rather joined the Hizbul as an active militant after he was spotted in a CCTV footage helping the escape of Naveed Jatt, a Pakistan militant of LeT, from Srinagar’s S.M.H.S. hospital on February 6, 2018.

Naveed Jatt, believed to be responsible for the murder of senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari, was killed by security forces in Badgam district on November 8.

The fighting in Ratnipora village began on Tuesday when a group of militants fired at the security forces.

“In the initial firing exchanges, three soldiers were injured. They were immediately shifted to Army hospital,” the officer said.

As news about the fighting spread, youths in the area clashed with the security forces in a bid to disrupt the operation.

Mobile Internet services in the district were suspended. Rail services between Bannihal town of Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley were also suspended for the day.

IANS