A civilian was killed in Srinagar while as a militant was killed in Anantnag as gunfight rages at three separate places in Kashmir Valley on Thursday early morning.
While civilian, Saleem Malik(26) son of Mohd Yaqoob Malik, member of a house where militants were believed to be hiding, was killed at Noorbagh area of Srinagar, militant was killed at Anantnag while the third gunfight is continuing in Panzan, Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Official sources said that an encounter broke out at Noorbagh in wee hours, resulting in the killing of the civilian.
The firing stopped after some time and it could not be immediately ascertained whether or not militants fled or are hiding in the area where searches were underway when this report was filed.
“A civilian was killed in cross firing at Baghwanpora, Noorbagh during a gunfight while further details are being ascertained and would be shared later,” a senior police officer said.
He said that the searches are underway to trace out the hiding militants in the area.
Sources said that the militants managed to escape from the spot.
The authorities also deployed Paramilitary forces and police at sensitive places in the old city even as the internet has been snapped in the summer capital of the state along with Anantnag and Budgam districts respectively.
In Anantnag, one militant has been killed in a gunfight with a joint team of forces at Gakisgund, Dooru area in the south Kashmir district.
SSP Anantnag, Altaf Khan also confirmed the incident and said that one militant has been killed in the operation and the body of the slain has been recovered.
He said that the searches are underway.
Sources said that two army men also suffered injuries and have been hospitalised.
Meanwhile, the third gunfight erupted at Panzan area of Budgam when a joint team of SOG and army laid a siege in the area.
SSP Budgam, Tejinder Singh confirmed the gunfight and said that the operation was launched after specific information about the presence of some militants in the area.
As per sources, the militants are hiding in Jamia Masjid
Internet services have been suspended in Srinagar, Anantnag and Budgam districts of the valley. (GNS)