SRINAGAR: At least eight militants and a civilian were killed in three gunfights and clashes in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag districts on Sunday. Over 50 civilians were injured in clashes that erupted near the gunfight sites while a militant surrendered before the forces.
Director General of Police SP Vaid said that seven militants were killed in a gunfight that erupted early today in Dragad village. He said that some top commanders were among those slain, leading to speculations about killing of Zeenat ul Islam, Sadam Padder and Naveed Bhat. However, there has no official confirmation so far.
A militant, identified as Rouf Khanday, was killed in a gunfight with forces in Dialgam village of Anantnag while another militant surrendered during the operation, police said.
The bodies of two slain militants, identified as Rayees Ahmad and Yawar Ahmad, have reached their native villages of Padderpora and Safnagri.
Rayees was killed in a gunfight with forces in Kachdoora where a firefight is still underway. There are reports of more militant deaths.
A civilian, identified as Zubair Ahmad Bhat, was killed and over fifty others were injured after they tried to march towards the gunfight sites in Dragad and Kachdoora.
An official at district hospital Shopian confirmed that fifty injured were brought to the facility. “Twenty among them were referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. Two of them had bullet injuries while most of them were hit by pellets,” he said.
Two protesters with firearm injury were brought to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment, said an official at the facility. “Two were hit by bullets while two others were hit by pellets,” he said.
At least ten youth in the age group 16 to 26 with eye pellet injuries were brought to SMHS hospital from south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday, officials said.
“After preliminary examination, the injured are being examined for extent of damage through CT Scan and other tests,” said a doctor.__GK News