4 dead as militants attack forces in Kashmir, says Army

Michele Moreno
March 8, 2018

This has also derailed any chances of normalcy returning to the area, considered to be a hotbed for separatist sentiments.

The cops had placed coils of concertina wires and barricades on the roads to restrict movement of people.

The joint separatist leadership had called for a valley-wide shut down Monday following the incident and has called for a march to Shopian on Wednesday.

Three of those killed have been identified by the villagers as Suhail Khaleel Wagay of Pinjoora, Mohammad Shahid Khan of Malikgund, Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay of Trenz (all from Shopian).

Four civilians and a terrorist were killed in army action after terrorists reportedly attacked an army check point at Pohnoo village of Shopian, though army claimed that they killed a terrorists and four over ground workers, a claim rejected by locals. This can have far a reaching impact on the already volatile political situation in the coming weeks and months.

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.

The army said an investigation will ascertain the level of cooperation of slain civilians with the militants killed.

The unrest was triggered by the shooting of four people in Shopian district on Sunday evening when soldiers exchanged gunfire with a suspected militant at a checkpoint.

Police found a auto at some distance away in which three boys were found dead. He was missing since November 13, 2017. Half a dozen militants were also seen offering the congregational Nimaz-e-Janaza of the slain commander. "All the killings are related and we are investigating the matter", he said. "Militants travelling in a vehicle fired upon army personnel who retaliated by firing several shots, leading to a brief exchange of fire".

Also, the three over ground workers/accomplices in the vehicle who were accompanying the terrorist were found to be dead. A militant was also killed in the shootout.

Ajaz Ahmed, a reporter in Shopian, told THE WEEK that scores of people, including women, took to the streets in Shopian from various villages to protest the killing of the four civilians by the Army.

"After half an hour, we heard about his killing along with two youth".

"When your heart bleeds & you are emotionally amputated, no condemnation is enough. The statements of politicians to condemn these killings are nothing but drama", he said.

Strict restrictions were enforced to prevent untoward incidents.

Authorities have suspended mobile internet services in Shopian and Pulwama districts while mobile internet speed was reduced in rest of Valley.

Schools, colleges and educational institutions remained closed on Monday due to the strike.

In Srinagar, normal life was disrupted in some parts of the Old City when groups of youth pelted stones in Nauhatta outside the Jamia Masjid.

Other reports by Insurance News

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