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2 militants, civilian killed in J&K gunfight

2 militants, civilian killed in J&K gunfight

The fresh encounter in Kashmir comes days after Border Security Force (BSF) on January 4 killed an intruder along the International Border in Jammu district.

Personnel of the Army's Rashtriya Rifles, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group of the state police surrounded Larnoo village following a tip about the presence of militants.

When security forces were zeroing in on the target, militants hiding in the area opened a heavy volume of fire. Hindustan Times reported that one of the two suspected militants killed in the encounter was 18-year-old Farhan Wani, a Kashmiri teen whose father reportedly took to Facebook in November, appealing his son to return home and leave militancy.

The security forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter, he said, adding that a militant was killed in the exchange of fire. Clashes broke out between locals and government forces after the news of the militant's killing reached there.

Some civilians pelted stones at an Army camp in Kudwani, even as few militants hidden in the mob fired at it, claimed police.

The other injured, Yasir Ahmed Dar, 30, who was hit in the shoulder, is stated to be stable. Thousands of people reached the village to get a last glimpse of the slain youth.

While Internet services were suspended in south Kashmir, there were protests in Kulgam's Khudwani village from where one of the militants hailed.


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