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Injured youth of Shopian succumbs

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Srinagar, May 8: The civilian death toll in Sunday’s clashes between protestors and government forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir today climbed to six after a youth succumbed to injuries at a hospital here.

Iqbal Bhat, who had sustained a bullet injury in the abdomen, succumbed to injuries at SHMS Hospital here this morning, a police official said.

He said the body of the deceased youth was taken by his relatives to his native Nagbal area of Shopian for last rites.

Five civilians had died on Sunday during clashes between protestors and government forces near an encounter site in Shopian while several others were injured.

Five militants including top Hibzul Mujahideen commander Saddam Padder and Kashmir University professor Mohammad Rafi Bhat were killed in a gunbattle with government forces on Sunday.

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