Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

3 cornered militants escape; four civilians killed in cross fire: JK police

3 cornered militants escape; four civilians killed in cross fire: JK police

They said the search operation has been called off and security forces have been withdrawn from the area as the militants have managed to escape.

They said a gun battle broke out between the militants and security forces in the early hours. Two more Army personnel were injured and shifted to hospital for treatment, they said.

While the firefight was underway, surging crowds made repeated attempts to reach the encounter site and clashed with the security forces, officials said.

The slain jawan has been identified by the Army as Sada Gunakara Rao, who was also reported dead after being brought to the medical facility in Kulgam.

Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

Another injured person, identified as 30-year-old Aijaz Palla, later succumbed in a hospital, a health official said.

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"Army had even used helicopter gunships to fight out the militants". Informed sources said over 40 civilians were injured in street clashes.

"Four civilians died in the law and order situation that erupted in Khudwani area of Kulgam district when security forces were engaged in a counter-terrorism operation", the official said.

In wake of Kulgam killings, authorities on Wednesday afternoon chose to snap mobile internet services in south Kashmir parts while as they asked the cellular companies to reduce mobile internet speed in district Srinagar as "a precautionary measure".

Student protests rocked Kashmir University in Srinagar, the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora in south Kashmir and Degree College in Bandipora in north Kashmir.

Meanwhile, separatists under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) have called for a general strike tomorrow against the civilian deaths.

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