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Gunfight: Civilian dies in J&K’s Shopian as militants manage to flee

Two civilians and a soldier were injured in the firing by the trapped militants, according to the police, before the militants were able to escape

On Monday morning, a cordon and search operation was started by a combined team of government forces including the local police and an Indian Army’s Rashtriya Rifles unit in Heff Shirmal village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Later, the search operation was called off as J&K Police said that there was no presence of militants in the area. However, soon afterwards, a gunfight broke out in a nearby Pandoshan village as the government forces managed to trap the militants about whom they had received inputs.

Civilian dies, soldier among two other wounded

In a statement on Tuesday morning, officials said a civilian wounded in the gunbattle between militants and a combined Police-Army squad in Shopian district died of his injuries at an Army hospital.

The injured soldier and civilians were taken to an Army hospital, where one of the civilians, Shahid Gani Dar son of Abdul Gani Dar, died from his injuries. They claimed another civilian, Shoaib Ahmad Mantoo, and a soldier, Sanjeev Das, are recovering.

Gunfight: Civilian dies in J&K's Shopian as militants manage to flee

Civilians injured after militants fired indiscriminately, claims police

Late yesterday night in a tweet, the police had said that during the first cordon and search operation, (militants) opened fire on civilians and attempted to flee, injuring two civilians.

As per the police, both of the wounded were sent to the hospital and one of them was critical.

Militants manage to flee the gunfight spot

The militants have escaped the encounter site in the Pandoshan area of the south Kashmir district, according to the statement.

As stated earlier, the police claimed two civilians and a soldier were wounded in the gunfire before militants were able to flee.

Meanwhile, the officials informed that the village’s cordon had been removed since no contact with the militants had been established, implying that they had managed to escape from the area.

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Aasif Ganaie

Aasif is a journalist and a news enthusiast based in Jammu & Kashmir. He voyages to explore and uncover the stories that need to be told. With a special focus on data journalism, the journo also writes about happenings, events and everything that matters.

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