SRINAGAR: Five persons were killed by Indian security forces in an operation Saturday morning in south Kashmir. The security forces said they were militants. However, protest erupted following the gunfight in the area. The security forces opened fire at the protesters, killing one of them and wounding at least three others.
The gunfight in Shopian district, some 60 km from here, erupted when security forces surrounded Kiloora village where a group of heavily-armed militants was hiding.
One of the militants was shot dead in the first hours of the operation that was halted as it grew dark.
Four militants were killed as the operation resumed with the first light of the day, a defence spokesperson said. The identities of the slain militants were not immediately known.
As the news of the death of five militants spread, residents in the village and adjoining areas came out on the streets to protest. Shouting slogans, the protesters threw stones at security forces, triggering clashes.
“The security forces used tear smoke shells and pellet gunshots to disperse the protesters,” a police officer said.
Authorities suspended mobile internet services in the district.
Civilian killed as security forces opened fire at protesters
A civilian was killed and two others injured in clashes between the security forces and protesters following an anti-terror operation that killed five militants in Jammu and Kashmir Shopian district on Saturday.
Police sources said a civilian was killed and two others injured after the army opened fire on protesters in Ganowpora village of Shopian in south Kashmir.
“Youth hurled stones at security forces soon after the funeral prayers of a militant Arshad Ahmad Khan in Ganowpora, who was killed along with four associates in Kiloora village earlier on Saturday,” police said.
“Soldiers fired live ammunition at the protesters causing serious injuries to three people. They were shifted to district hospital, Shopian, where one of the victim, identified as Bilal Ahmad Khan was declared dead on arrival by doctors.
“Two other injured are being treated at the hospital”, sources said.