Five civilians killed in gunfight in Shopian

Shopian Carnage 5 militants 5 civilians killed toll 10

The assistant professor at Kashmir University was shot dead along with a top Hizbul commander, once considered close to terrorist Burhan Wani, by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian today morning.

He tweeted, "Encounter concluded at Badigam Zainpora Shopian, 5 bodies of terrorists recovered".

Security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) early on Sunday morning following a tip off about the presence of militants.

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

The encounter broke out less than 24 hours after the security forces killed three militants during a gunbattle in the Chattabal area in the heart of the city yesterday.

He said that the identities of the militants are being ascertained.

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An appeal was made to Mohammad Rafi Bhat, a university sociology teacher who only went underground with the rebels on Friday.

A group of three to five militants believed to be enganged in a gunfight, the officer said.

"We appealed to them (terrorists) to surrender but continuous firing from inside is underway, can not confirm the number of terrorists yet", said Shailendra Mishra, SSP, Shopian.

Locals resorted to stone pelting to prevent the security forces from carrying out the operation.

Para commandos of the army were also deployed to help fight the holed up militants during Sunday's gunfight. "Reportedly, Bhat is among the militants trapped there", Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, S P Pani said.

Another protester identified as Zubair Ahmad, a resident of Rajpora area of Pulwama, was killed in security forces firing at Nagbal (Shopian). "Of them, five have succumbed to injuries", the official said. The injured have been shifted to a hospital. However, the terrorists did not stop fir and responded with bullets, injuring an Army jawan and a policeman.

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