J&K: Clashes after 3 LeT terrorists killed in Sopore gun battle; attack on CRPF party in Nowgam
According to the police, security forces had launched an operation following information about the presence of militants in the Amargarh area of Sopore,? Photograph: (ANI)
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an early morning gun battle with security forces on Saturday in Baramulla district's Sopore area in Jammu Kashmir. As the news of the deaths spread, thousands of protesters clashed with security forces.
In a separate incident the same day, two motorcycle-borne terrorists attacked a party of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police in Nowgam injuring a CRPF personnel.
Clashes between local residents and government forces were reported in many areas, police said.
Three protesters were injured in the northern Bandipore area, home to one of the terrorists, when soldiers fired bullets as hundreds of angry local residents came out on the streets to pelt their convoy with stones, a police officer told AFP condition of anonymity.
In southern Kashmir valley, thousands of protesters clashed with government forces who fired bullets in the air and used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a crowds, which was chanting: "We want freedom".
Two of the terrorists were identified as Javid Ahmed Dar of Baramulla and Abid Hamid Mir of Bandipora, the police said, adding that three AK rifles and two magazines were recovered from them.
According to the police, security forces had launched an operation following information about the presence of terrorists in the Amargarh area of Sopore.
The terrorists opened-fire and a gun battle ensued in which the three were killed, police told the media.
Schools and colleges in Sopore have been shut following the encounter.
Internet services were also withdrawn, ANI reported.
The joint operation was conducted by 179 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 52 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police at 4.30 am.
In the Nowgam attack, a wireless operator of 29 BN CRPF received a bullet injury in the terrorist attack.
The CRPF's Public Relations Officer, Rajesh Yadav, said that the police fired in the air to avoid civilian causalities as the area was very crowded and had heavy traffic movement.
The terrorists fled the spot after the incident. A massive search operation is underway to nab the terrorists.
Tensions have escalated in Kashmir after a popular leader of the LeT group, Abu Dujana, was killed in a fierce gunbattle Tuesday.