Kulgam Gunfight:  2 Civilians Injured, 2 Militants Trapped

SRINAGAR: Two civilians were injured while as many militants are believed to be trapped at Mirbazar in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district where a gunfight started in the afternoon on Thursday.

Quoting official sources news agency GNS reported that two civilians Sahil Yaqoob  Bhat  (25) son of Mohammad Yaqoob Bhat of Dantar Anantnag and Shahid Farooq Sheikh (22) son of Farooq Ahmed Sheikh of Larm Kulgam suffered injuries in the lower abdomen and right thigh respectively at the encounter site. The circumstances under which the injuries were suffered were not immediately known, they said.

Meanwhile, a top police officer told GNS that two militants have taken shelter in a huge four-story building in the area. “The operation may prolong,” the officer said.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar and General Officer Commanding of Victor Force, Major General Rashim Bali, reached Mirbazar and were supervising the operation at the spot.

Earlier a CRPF trooper, Umesh Singh son of Prabu Singh of Jharkhand, suffered injuries in the encounter which had ensued after militants attacked a BSF convoy on Jammu Srinagar Highway at Mirbazar.

Earlier police in a tweet said: “(militants) fired upon BSF convey at NHW Kulgam. No injury was reported. However, (militants) trapped. EOF on. Reinforcement reached. Senior officers of Police, CRPF & Army on the spot: IGP Kashmir.”

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