6 killed in Anantnag gunfight, 2 civilians critical among 20 injured

Four militants, a civilian and a cop were killed in a gunfight at Srigufwara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Scores of youth were also injured in government forces action during the encounter which also saw injuries to two army men.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, S. P. Vaid, confirmed that four bodies of militants have been recovered.

Two youth have received bullet injuries near the encounter site in Srigufwara Islamabad on Friday. An official said that two youth identified as Burhan Shafi and Shahid Ahmed, both residents of Sirhama Islamabad received bullet injuries near the encounter site in Srigufwara. However, both the injured have been shifted to Srinagar hospital for the treatment and both are said to be very critical now.

In the meantime, the forces blasted the residential house and razed it into the rubble which resulted in the killing of two militants, they said. In the initial gunfight, the house owner, identified as Muhammad Yousuf Rather (50), and his wife Hafeeza suffered bullet wounds, they said. Both the injured were immediately taken to nearby hospital where Rather succumbed to injuries, they said.

Later in the exchange of gunfire, two army men and an SPO from SOG namely Ashiq Hussain received serious injuries, they said. All the injured were evacuated to a military hospital where the SPO succumbed to injuries, they said.

Sources said that at least 20 persons received injuries during the protests near the encounter site, so far after police and paramilitary CRPF resorted to pellet firing, used tear smoke shells and fired few rounds to disperse the protesters. One of the injured identified as Ubaid Ahmad suffered bullet injuries in his neck and his condition is stated to be serious at a hospital where he was admitted.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Pulwama, the district neighbouring with Anantnag. Police used force to quell the protesters.

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