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Three militants killed, Srigar clashes injure many

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 July 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Srigar, July 12: Security forces shot dead three militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district, sparking street clashes in Srigar which injured several civilian protestors and security personnel on Wednesday, officials said.
Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed after a gunfight with security forces in a village that began the previous day, the officials said.
The battle started on Tuesday evening after security forces laid a cordon around Radbug village, some 30 km from here.
The militants opened fire when the cordon around the house in which they were hiding was tightened, a police officer said.
The operation, carried out jointly by the police, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Army, was halted after it got dark overnight. The exchange of fire resumed on Wednesday morning. The militants rushed out of their hideout firing indiscrimitely in a bid to escape. The security forces returned the fire and killed all the three, the officer said.
The slain men were identified as Javed Sheikh, Dawood and Sajad Ahmed Gilkar. Sheikh was the Hizbul district commander. Sheikh and Dawood were residents of Budgam district, CRPF DIG M. Dikaran said. Gilkar hailed from Srigar.
Dikaran said an AK-56 assault rifle, a Self Loading Rifle, a pistol and seven magazines were recovered from the shootout site.
During the fighting, the security forces came under attack from villagers who hurled stones at them in a bid to help the militants escape.
“Villagers resorted to heavy stone pelting at the security forces to disrupt our operation. However, they were chased away,” Dikaran said.
Clashes broke out in Nowhatta in Srigar’s Old City area on Wednesday after stone pelters clashed with security forces as news of Gilkar’s death in Badgam became known. Gilkar belonged to Nowhatta.
Authorities then imposed curfew in the areas of Raiwari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Khanyar and Safa Kadal in Srigar. Several protestors and security personnel in addition to a photo jourlist were injured in the clashes. (IANS)

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