Clashes erupt near Pulwama gunfight site

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Srinagar: Clashes have erupted between youth and the government forces in Pathan area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, where a gunfight between suspected militants and forces is on.

Two to three militants are believed to be trapped as intense gunfire can be heard at the site.

A local eyewitness was quoted by The Kashmiriyat saying that scores of protesters including women assembled and pelted stones on forces who responded to intense tear smoke shelling.

Announcements are being made on loudspeakers in the mosques asking others to come out, the eyewitness added. “People in large numbers from adjacent areas are trying marching towards the encounter site.”

Reports reaching here said that a joint team of army’s 55RR, SOG Pulwama and 183/182 BN CRPF cordoned the suspected area. As soon as joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot the hiding militants fired upon government forces triggering an encounter.

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