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Militant killed in Shopian encounter

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Two protesters, cop injured in clashes near gunfight site

Srinagar: A militant was killed on Sunday in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation on Saturday in Rawalpora area of the district following information about presence of militants there, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire on the security forces who retaliated.

After an overnight lull, the exchange of fire resumed this morning in which one militant has been killed, the official said.

He said arms, ammunition and other incriminating material were recovered from the scene of the encounter.

Meanwhile, two youth were hit by pellets, one of them in the eye, while a policeman was injured after being hit by a rock in the head during clashes near the site of a gunfight on Sunday, reports and officials said.

Reports said that youth took to streets and fought pitched battles with the police and security forces soon after the police claimed to have killed a militant in the gunfight.

They said that dozens of youth tried to march towards the site of the gunfight and pelted the forces with stones who responded by firing pellets and tear-smoke shells.

In the ensuing clashes, at least two youth sustained pellet injuries even as a policeman also received injuries in his head, said an official.

Officials at the District Hospital Shopian said that two youth and a policeman were brought to the facility for treatment.

They said that one of the two youths, having grave pellet injuries in his eye, has been referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment.

The injured cop has been identified as Head Constable Nazir Ahmad.

Pertinently, police are yet to identify the slain militant, even as the reports last evening suggested that Jaish commander and a local resident Wilayat, alias Sajad Afghani was trapped.

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