Youth killed, exchange of fire resumes in Kashmir's Kulgam

J&K: One soldier killed, two injured in Kulgam gunfight

J&K: One soldier killed, two injured in Kulgam gunfight

An encounter is underway between terrorists and security forces at Khudwani area of Kulgam district in South Kashmir, according to official sources.

Broadly, four forms of violence take lives of the citizen in Jammu and Kashmir, reportedly, like, gunfights between security forces and militants, and the protests surrounding them; militant attacks on security installments; abductions that ended in killing; and cross-border fire.

The officer said the militants however opened fire on the forces which was retaliated, resulting in injuries to three personnel of forces, "One of them has succumbed while the condition of the other two is critical but stable". He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but he succumbed to injuries, the spokesman said.

"All of us are sitting in one room of our house and continue to hear gunshots", a local from Kulgam, who lives near the encounter site, told ET over phone.

Reports from Kulgam said that the security forces also used batons and fired teargas canisters and pellet shotguns to quell the protests during and immediately after the encounter, injuring almost 50 people. It is not immediately known how the deceased got injured, they said. Pani refuted the allegations that the civilians were killed in firing by government forces.

The killing of four civilians and injuring at least 70 people in Kulgam has evoked widespread protests in the length and breadth of Kashmir with Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) calling for complete shutdown on Thursday.

Authorities ordered the closure of all schools and colleges in Kulgam and Internet services were suspended in south Kashmir areas. "Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants are believed hiding in the area", said the police.

As the news about civilian killings spread, clashes erupted in various parts of the Valley, reports said.

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