- Gunfight between militants and government forces broke out in Qazigund area of Anantnag.
- As per initial reports one militant has been killed. operation continues.
- Another Encounter breaks in Panzan, Chadoora area of Budgam.Two militants are believed to be trapped in.
- Third encounter broke out in Bagwanpora Noorbagh Srinagar where one civilian killed during cross firing
Civilian dies in Noorbagh, Srinagar, militant killed in Anantnag; third gunfight rages in Panzan, Budgam
Internet snapped in all three districts, massive deployment made in Old City
A civilian and a militant were killed in Srinagar and Anantnag as gunfight rages at three separate places in Kashmir Valley on Thursday early morning.
While civilian, Saleem Malik(26) son of Mohd Yaqoob Malik, member of a house where militants were believed to be hiding, was killed at Noorbagh area of Srinagar, militant was killed at Anantnag while third gunfight is continuing in Panzan, Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Official sources told that an encounter broke out at Noorbagh in wee hours, resulting into the killing off the civilian.
The firing stopped after some time and it could not be immediately ascertained whether or not militants fled or are hiding in the area where searches were underway when this report was filed.
“A civilian was killed in cross firing at Baghwanpora, Noorbagh during a gunfight while further details are being ascertained and would be shared later,” a senior police officer told.
He said that the searches are underway to trace out the hiding militants in the area.
Sources said that the militants managed to escape from the spot.
The authorities also deployed Paramilitary forces and police at sensitive places in old city even as internet has been snapped in the summer capital of the state along with Anantnag and Budgam districts respectively.
In Anantnag, one militant has been killed in gunfight with joint team of forces at Gakisgund, Dooru area in the south Kashmir district.
SSP Anantnag, Altaf Khan also confirmed the incident and said that one militant has been killed in the operation and the body of the slain has been recovered.
He said that the searches are under way.
Sources said that two army men also suffered injuries and have been hospitilized.
Meanwhile, the third gunfight erupted at Panzan area of Budgam when a joint team of SOG and army laid a siege in the area.
SSP Budgam, Tejinder Singh confirmed the the gunfight and said that the operation was launched after specific information about the presence of some militants in the area.
As per sources the militants are hiding in Jamia Masjid.