Two civilians killed in clashes with security forces in J-K’s Pulwama

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Two villagers, including a woman, were killed and 10 others were injured in clashes with security forces on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Police said the clashes erupted in Astan Mohalla (Kakapora) area of Pulwama in the afternoon as a mob hurled stones at the security forces even as a gunfight was on between militants and security personnel in the area.

Two people, identified as Shaista, 25, a resident of Lalhar village, and Danish Rashid Mir, 24, a resident of Ratnipora village, died of gunshot injuries.

At least 10 other protesting civilians sustained gunshot wounds and other injuries after police lobbed teargas shells.

The injured were taken to Srinagar for treatment, police said.

After news of the gunfight spread in Lalhar village, dozens of villagers pelted stones at the security forces who were trying to cordon off the area.

Tension gripped the Pulwama district after news of the death of two civilians spread. Senior civil and police officers rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.

Meanwhile, one militant was killed in the gunfight with security forces.

“An encounter broke out in Kakapora area of Pulwama district after a cordon and search operation was launched in the area,” an army official said.

The militant is yet to be identified, he said, adding that details are awaited.

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