Three militants, civilian killed in Pulwama gunfight

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Srinagar, Jun 29: Three militants were killed in an ongoing gunfight with the government forces in Thumna village of Chatpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday. A civilian was killed in clashes near the gunfight site.
SSP Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudhary said that a joint team of army’s 55 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation following specific information about the presence of some militants at Thamuna village adjacent to Chatpora near main town Pulwama.
As the forces approached the suspected spot and fired some warning shots towards it, the militants fired upon them triggering off a gunfight, SSP said.
He said that all the three militants have been killed and their identity is being ascertained.
Meanwhile, sources said that the forces blasted the house and razed it into the rubble.
Soon after the news about the encounter spread, a large number of youth took to streets and tried to march towards the encounter site. However, the forces used tear smoke shells to disperse them.
The youth pelted stones on the forces resulting into the clashes, reports said.
A teenage boy was killed in government forces action during clashes near encounter site on Friday.
Official sources said that several youth suffered injuries in forces action during clashes near the encounter site at Thumna village adjacent to Chatpora.
The injured persons were shifted to nearby hospital where from one seriously injured boy namely Faizan Ahmad Khan Son of Dr Abdul Gani Khan of Ladoo, Khrew was referred to Srinagar hospital. However, Faizan later succumbed to his injuries, they said. (GNS)