Chowgam Encounter: Civilian killed during clashes, 2 injured

Srinagar

A civilian was killed on Saturday near a gunfight site during clashes between the government forces and people in Chowgam area of Qazigund in Kulgam district.

An official identified a civilian as Rouf Ahmad from Chee area of south Kashmir’s Islamabad district. Rouf was killed due to a “bullet in a law and order situation,” the official said.

Meanwhile, two more bullet injuries were reported in SKIMS hospital and they both are said to be critical now.

The gunfight in Chowgam began on Friday night after a joint team of army and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation following specific inputs about the presence of some militants. As such the joint team of forces intensified the searches and fired some warning shots towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire triggering off a gunfight.

Earlier police also issued a statement saying five militants were killed. “This was a group of militants involving proscribed outfits HM and LeT. The slain militants were identified as Gulzar Ahmad Padder alias Saif resident of Adijan Kulgam, Faisal Ahmad Rather alias Dawood resident of Yamrach Kulgam, Zahid Ahmad Mir alias Hashim resident of Okey Kulgam, Masroor Molvi alias Abu Darda resident of Fatehpora Anantnag and Zahoor Ahmad Lone alias Rehman Bhai resident of Nagnad Noorabad Damhal Hanjipora.”

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