Gunfight between security forces and militants in Indian Kashmir

Kashmiri mourners carry the body of a civilian who was hit by an armoured vehicle — AFP

Over a dozen protesters were injured in the clashes with the security forces.

"Five terrorists of the outlawed Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were neutralised during an encounter at Badigam village in Shopian", a police spokesman said here.

On Saturday, three rebels were killed in a firefight with security forces in Srinagar during a six-hour confrontation, including a top commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group.

While expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he demanded an immediate end to "impunity to security forces in such cases".

Officials say fighting in Kashmir has left 120 dead so far this year, including 22 civilians, 67 militants and 28 security forces. They were trying to distract the soldiers, who apart from guns and grenades also used explosives to blast the house where the rebels were cornered, residents and police said. Police made repeated attempts to make these terrorists to surrender.

Those slain were local cadres of the region's indigenous militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and included commander Saddam Paddar, his close aide and newly recruited Mohammad Rafi Bhat, an assistant professor in the sociology department of Kashmir University on contractual basis. In the clashes that followed, five civilians were killed by the armed forces. "We gave them a chance to surrender".

Meanwhile, a senior government official said that restrictions will be imposed in sensitive parts across as a precautionary measure in Kashmir Valley tomorrow.

A curfew was ordered for the capital on Sunday and mobile internet services were closed down in much of the Indian-controlled region. Some civilians pelted security officers with stones, said Vaid.

The protests and clashes later spread to other areas of the city's old quarters.

Asserting that political matters need political intervention, she said issues in Jammu and Kashmir can be resolved only through a sustained dialogue between all stakeholders.

India often accuses Pakistan of fuelling the insurgency, a charge Islamabad denies saying it only provides diplomatic support to the Kashmiri struggle for right to self-determination.

"We appeal to the people, traders, lawyers, civil society, students and employees to march peacefully to the civil secretariat where the leadership will hold a sit-in as a protest against the unabated killings", the statement said.

Related News:



Most liked

Rihanna and Drake Not on Friendly Terms Anymore After #MTVVMAs2016?
She's been thinking more seriously about taking care of herself since she celebrated her birthday in NY this past Februrary. It looks like fans who are still hoping that Rihanna and Drake will eventually end up together are out of luck.

Iowa Just Banned Abortions For Any Baby With A Heartbeat
The bill would require abortion practitioners to test for the unborn baby's heartbeat before performing an abortion. The lawmakers believe the case would provide an opportunity for the conservative-leaning court to overturn Roe v.

Major League Baseball players pay tribute to Albert Pujols after his 3000th hit
Later on that game, he got another hit , allowing him to pass Roberto Clemente for 31st on baseball's career hist list. Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field on his sixth attempt to reach the mark after getting to 2,999.

White House Counsel Don McGhan expected to leave Trump administration
He also said he'd even disregard his own legal team's advice if he was convinced that he'd be treated fairly during the interview. Giuliani has done numerous television interviews in recent days, including with ABC News, and has stood behind his comments.

New York Mets right to cut ties with Matt Harvey
Harvey never shied away from the lifestyle afforded an athlete in New York City, dating supermodels and hitting up top clubs. Because of Harvey's $5,625,000 salary, a trade may be hard to work out unless the Mets agree to send cash as part of a deal.

Yaya Toure: Manchester City midfielder to leave at end of season
John Stones could also feature as Guardiola said "he has trained good this week". He said, "Yaya came here at the start of the journey".

Trump Administration Delays Tariffs on Some Countries
Robert Lighthizer avoided saying whether the administration would be willing to extend again the one-month delay in the tariffs. Trade representatives from both countries released a joint statement at the end of March, but details have not been released.

NASA's InSight spacecraft is about to blast off for Mars
Once the Insight's globe is on the surface, it can take the most sensitive seismic measurements ever made on another planet. The Mars mission is officially known as the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.

Grand Rapids Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Saturday, May 12
Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday, May 12.

Statistics Canada says trade deficit hit record $4.1 billion in March
The president views trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness that can be brought down by more aggressive trade policies. The overall US trade deficit is mostly made up of manufactured and agricultural goods.

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs, 5-2-2018 - Expert Prediction
But their exit velocity was impressive when it came to being out of this one quickly in losing 11-2 to the Rockies on Wednesday. The Rockies dropped to.500 on the year, 15-15, and stand six games back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West entering Tuesday.

Kim committed to denuclearisation
Trump suggested the Korean Demilitarized Zone could be a possible option to host the eventual talks, calling it an "intriguing" choice.

Liverpool legend Gerrard agrees Rangers deal; Friday announcement looms
Numerous former coaches and team-mates of Gerrard have had their say on the ex-England star taking up the role at Ibrox.

Former VW boss Martin Winterkorn 'charged' in United States over dieselgate
The company itself pleaded guilty to three criminal charges in January previous year , and paid fines totalling $US4.3 billion. The indictment alleges that Winterkorn had been informed of VW's diesel emissions cheating in May 2014 and again in July 2015.

Record Audiences Get Set to Make the 2017 Grand National the Biggest To Date
For some , it will be a case of asking which horses have been at their most impressive this season that will give them the clues as to which Grand National horses to bet on .