Four militants, two army officers killed in Kulgam

Four militants, two Indian army troopers and a civilian were killed and three troopers wounded Sunday in a fierce gunfight in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Hunt is on to nab them, sources said.An encounter broke out this morning in Frisal area after security forces launched the cordon and search operation, a police official said, adding the operation was still on. The security forces had recovered the bodies of the slain terrorists and four AK 47 weapons from the spot. Dozens of civilians were injured after security forces fired pellets and burst teargas shells to break up protests near the encounter site.

Militants opened fire on army troops in the village of Prisal south of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's state of Jammu and Kashmir, S.P. Pani, the deputy inspector general of police, told Reuters.

Soon after the encounter, intense clashes erupted between the security forces and local residents, that left one more person dead and scores others injured in firing.

DGP S P Vaid said civilian sympathisers tried to disrupt the operation against the terrorists who were hiding in a residential area. Police said they regretted the death of Mushtaq Ahmad Itoo, 22, of Hatigam village. "In retaliatory action, four militants hiding in a concrete house were killed", a source said.

Meanwhile, a police official said that the Lashkar and Hizb men were holding a coordination meet in the house.

While referring to Indian rulers for their blame game against Pakistan, Syed Ali Geelani said it is ridiculous, ours is an indigenous movement, we have nothing to do with extremism and people in Jammu and Kashmir are striving for their right to self-determination. In the evening, at least two armed terrorists appeared at Redwani and paid gun salute to the two militants buried in the village graveyard.

He said the Army called in the Auqaf Committee of Frisal and they made announcements through the loud speakers to release the civilian.

More than 70,000 Kashmiris have been killed so far in the violence, majority by Indian forces.

  • Leroy Wright