Thousands protest in Kashmir after troops kill six civilians

Shopian attack: Terrorist, accomplices killed in retaliatory firing

Two LeT terrorists, 4 others killed in Shopian; restrictions imposed

The unrest was triggered by the shooting of four people in Shopian district on Sunday evening when soldiers claimed to have exchanged gunfire with a "suspected militant" at a checkpoint. He had joined militancy a year ago.

Indian military spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said earlier, an army vehicle was sacked upon by militants in Pohan village, Shopian district, 53 km south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian controlled Kashmir. They also fired on the Army and policemen, officials said. Also, the three OGWs/ accomplices in the vehicle who were accompanying the terrorist were found dead.

While the army called them "over-the-ground workers or accomplices" of the militants travelling in a Maruti Swift auto, the locals said they were just civilians.

The body of one terrorist - Amir Ahmad Malik - was recovered.

The three slain were identified as Suhail Khalil Wagay, Mohd Shahid Khan and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay.

According to police officials, a joint mobile vehicle check post near Pohan in Shopian had signalled a auto to stop, but it did not.

"Preparatory examination recommends that Bhat's demise was a piece of Sunday's gunfight in Pahnoo town".

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The armed force said in an announcement that aggressors let go at the versatile check post from two vehicles. "But the militants fired at the troops from both the vehicles". During the exchange of fire one militant was killed instantly and later three OGWs were found dead.

Mahmood Shah, chief of the LeT, Lashkar-e-Taiba, also condemned the civilian killings. War-like stores, including one AK-74, three magazines and 88 rounds were recovered from the dead terrorist, the spokesperson added. "The vehicle veered off the road towards the nala (stream) and the second vehicle sped off", he said.

While Malik died at the encounter site, Bhat's body was found in an apple orchard in Saidpura village on Monday morning, the Army said.

The killings in Shopian, where five civilian had died in security forces' operations in the past two months, sparked fresh violent protests in Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama, Budgam and Kulgam.

Sporadic violence erupted in south Kashmir as the death toll in Sunday night's exchange of fire between security forces and terrorists in Shopian rose to six with the recovery of two more bodies on Monday. Mobile and train services have also been suspended for security reasons.

At Malikgund, thousands participated in at least eight rounds of funeral prayers held for slain youth Muhammad Shahid Khan, amid pro-azadi and pro-Islam slogans.

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