Loss of civilians in Pulwama is deeply grieved: Police

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The Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday said that it was deeply grieved at the loss of civilians in the encounter in which seven civilians were killed.

In a statement issued her a police spokesman said that a search operation was launched jointly by the government forces based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Monghama area  of village Sirnoo in District Pulwama Saturday morning.

“During the search operation, which was an open field with hideout made by the militants, hiding militants fired indiscriminately leading to an encounter.” He said.

The police spokesman said that an Army personnel got injured while the other  succumbed to his injury while others are being treated at a hospital.

“While the operation was going on, a crowd who came dangerously close from different parts to the encounter site got injured.” He added

He further said that the injured were evacuated to hospital where unfortunately seven persons succumbed to their injuries.

“Others who were admitted in the hospital are stated to be stable.” He said.

Adding that the loss of civilians is deeply grieved.

Police once again appeals the citizens to remain away from encounter site as it is a prohibited zone which involves significant danger to life because of nature of the encounter.

Three militants were killed and one army man was killed  after an encounter broke out between militants and government forces in Kharpora, Sirnoo area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning.

Seven civilians were also  killed in government forces action in the southern Kashmir district.

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