Kashmir

17-year-old youth injured critically in Shopian clashes

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Srinagar: A teenage youth was injured critically during intense clashes between government forces and protesters near encounter site at Badigam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday.

Sources said that Asif Ahmad Mir (17) son of Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Rahomo village in neighbouring Pulwama district, sustained a critical bullet wound during the clashes near Badigam.

He was shifted to nearby hospital where from he was referred to Srinagar hospital in critical conditions, they said.

Doctor Reyaz at Pulwama hospital told GNS that the youth has received serious bullet wound in his head.

The gunfight broke out in Badigam village early today after the joint team of Army, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in the area.

A policeman and a soldier of 44 RR were injured in the initial exchange of fire with the militants, reports said. The injured were shifted to 92 base military hospital in Badami Bagh Srinagar.

At least six protesters have been injured during clashes near the encounter site.

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