Teenaged youth dead, 10 injured during clashes amid gunfight in Shopian

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Srinagar: A teenaged youth was killed and ten others, half of them suffered bullet wounds, in forces action during clashes following a gunfight in Terkiwangam area of Shopian in south Kashmir on Wednesday.

Official sources told GNS that a joint team of army and SOG cordoned off Terkiwangam village following specific information about the presence of some militants in the area.

As the joint team of forces approached the suspected spot amid firing some warning shots, the militants, hiding in the area, opened fire, triggering off a gunfight.

A police officer told GNS that the contact has been established with a group of militants.

“The operation is going on in the area,” he said.

A large number of youth took to streets soon after the news about the encounter spread and pelted rocks on the forces.

The police and paramilitary CRPF used tear smoke shells, pellet guns, and live ammunition. At least eleven youths suffered injuries, six of them with bullet wounds. One of them, a teenaged youth identified Umar Kumar (17) of Pinjura Shopian, succumbed to injuries.

They were removed to a local hospital from where two of them— Inayat Abbas Malla and Javid Bashir Sheikh were referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. However, police said that only one person suffered bullet injuries and identified as Inayat.

“In an ongoing encounter at Turkwangam Shopian one civilian namely Inayat sustained an injury in cross firing and is being treated at a hospital in Srinagar. Area under cordon,” the police tweeted.

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