Shopian gunfight: 4 army personnel, 3 civilians injured

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Four army personnel were injured in the Shopian gunfight in south Kashmir on Friday, where five militants were also killed, the police said. Three civilians were also injured during the protests.

In the gunfight that took place in a local masjid in the Shopian town, where militants affiliated with Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) were killed, four army personnel sustained injuries, the GoC 15 Corps told the media. “All are stable,” he said.

While Vijay Kumar, the Kashmir police chief, said that three civilians were injured in the government forces’ action on the stone-throwing near the gunfight site. “During the initial exchange some miscreants tried to disrupt the operations after which police used minimum force to disperse them,” he said. “Three civilians sustained injuries and all are stable.”

In two separate gunfights, in Tral and Shopian of south Kashmir, a total of seven militants of AGH were killed. The police identified five among them, including Imtiaz Shah, the commander of the militant outfit.

Kumar identified the others: Muzamil Tantry, joined militancy in August 2019; Adil Lone, joined militancy in July 2019; Younis Ahmed Khanday, joined militancy in November 2020; and Basit Bakshi, joined militancy in June 2020. Two other militants remain are yet to be identified.

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