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Woman Killed In Clash Between Villagers, Security Forces In Kashmir

20 December 2017, 01:21 | Hattie Nash

J&K: Two terrorists killed in Shopian encounter, search operation underway

Gunfight begins in Shopian village amid clashes

Two militants and a 24-year-old woman were killed by Indian armed forces during a gun-battle in the southern part of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Tuesday while dozens of civilians suffered injuries in the subsequent clashes near the gun-battle site.

According to a police official, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Wanipora area of Shopian on Monday evening following information about the presence of militants in the area.

Over eight civilians sustained injuries as protesters clashed with the security forces in Shopian's Batmurran area after the encounter left two militants dead.

Speaking to ANI, the Kashmir IG said that two jawans also got injured during the course of the operation. In the morning Jan, 30, was killed when she was hit by a bullet near the encounter site. Forty civilians have been killed during protests against security forces in the state since the beginning of 2017.

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Police said the woman died in the crossfire. "She had bullet injuries in the abdomen and died on her arrival in the hospital", said a hospital official.

Eyewitnesses said that the Indian forces also blew three houses and two cowsheds during the gunfight using explosives, besides torching a vehicle and a motorcycle.

Meanwhile, Joint Resistance Leadership of separatists has called for a shutdown on Wednesday against the killing of three civilians during security force operations in the last one week. The leadership said that the spree of brutal killings has crossed every limit and has now become intolerable. The surge in violence comes after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Kashmir when a popular rebel leader was killed over a year ago.

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