Shopian gunfight: Shutdown in south Kashmir areas; train, mobile internet service suspended

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Srinagar: Following the encounter in Shopian district of south Kashmir, authorities on Friday suspended railway services from Srinagar to Banihal and vice versa.

The railway authorities termed the suspension of train service as a precautionary step, said reports.

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Internet services have also been suspended in entire south Kashmir, after three local militants were killed in the ongoing encounter at Aarkhara village of Shopian.

Most of the places of South Kashmir were shut after the news of the killing of militants spread.

Several youth suffered injuries due to pellets and tear smoke shells fired by government forces after pitched battles between youth and forces erupted in Shopian area.

Besides a youth Mudasir Ahmad Mir (20) of Woyen sustain a bullet wound in his leg and was hospitalised.

Earlier in the day three militants including Lateef Tiger, who was the only surviving militant of Burhan group was killed along with two of his associates in an encounter with government forces at Imam Sahab area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday.

The encounter started after a joint team of army’s 34 RR, CRPF and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation at Adkhara village of Imam Sahab today early morning.

The two other slain militants were identified as Tariq Molvi of Moolu Chitragam and Shariq Ahmad Negroo of Chotigam, Shopian. “The trio was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen militant group”.

An army soldier was also injured during the course of gunfight, he said.