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2 militants, teenage youth killed, 50 civilians hurt in south Kashmir gunfight, ensuing clashes

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Two militants and an 18-year-old youth were killed during the gunfight and ensuing clashes near gunfight site at Kundalan village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday. Over 50 others suffered injuries during intense clashes between Indian forces and protesters near the gunfight site.

Two militants were killed during the encounter in the initial phases of which two soldiers including an officer suffered injuries, said a police official.

One of the slain militants has been identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh, son of Ghulam Muhammad Sheikh, resident of Ayand village of Rawalpora Shopian, while the identity of the other slain is being ascertained.

Reports said that youth took to streets and clashes with the forces to disrupt the anti-militant operation. As civilians poured out of their homes and clashed with the forces during the fighting, forces fired live ammunition, tear gas and pellets towards them, leading to at least 50 injuries.

Reports said that Tamsheel Ahmad Khan (18) son of Khursheed Ahmad Khan of Vehil, Kachdora sustained a critical bullet wound in his head in forces action during the clashes in Kundalan.

Khan was shifted to District Hospital Shopian where from he along with seven other persons having bullet injuries were referred to different hospitals in Srinagar.

Khan was taken to SMHS hospital in Srinagar where doctors declared him dead on arrival, they said.

A senior doctor at SMHS hospital also confirmed the death of the youth. He said that the youth had received serious firearm injury.

Over 50 protesters, seven of them with bullets and others with pellets and tear gas shelling were injured during clashes near the encounter site.

Earlier, the gunfight started after the joint team of Army, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in the area.