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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Strike-hit Kashmir tense after civilian killings at Kulgam encounter

Four local militants and two army men were killed in the encounter that lasted several hours on Sunday. Public transport is off the roads.

LeT chief in the state, Mehmood Shah, also released a statement saying: "Forces got frustrated by the courage shown by the militants and with the result, they opened fire on the innocent people killing two civilians and injuring dozens". Kulgam and adjoining Shopian were sealed. Authorities also imposed restrictions in parts of south Kashmir. After her release, she was under house arrest. Clashes between protesters and security personnel erupted in Palhallan area of Pattan, Baramulla district, after the Zuhr prayer (noon prayer) on Monday, when protesters raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans started marching towards the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway. The police had to resort to force to disperse the crowd. Three militants escaped, the officials said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Parray Mohalla in Hajin area of the district this morning following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area, the official said.

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Both Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT paid tributes to the deceased terrorists while Kashmiri separatist groups called for a strike on Monday to protest against the crackdown by security forces.

The killed terrorists were identified as Mudasir Ahmad Tantray alias Asim of Redwani Bala, Wakeel Ahmad Thokar of Harigam, Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Chak Dasand and Mohammad Younis Lone of Hawara of Kulgam district in south Kashmir.

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