Civilian, Cop Killed In Srigufwara Encounter

Anantnag, Jun 22: A civilian was killed and his wife injured after a gunfight broke out between militants and the government forces in Srigufwara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday.

An army man and a Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police were also injured in the initial round of fire.

Reports said that the owner of the house in which militants were hiding and his wife were injured as the firefight broke out in Nowshera Khiram in Srigufwara today morning.

The house owner, identified as Muhammad Yousuf Rather, and his wife Hafeeza were shifted to sub-district hospital Bijbehara for treatment. However, Rather was declared dead on arrival while Hafeeza was shifted to SKIMS Soura for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile, massive clashes have erupted near the site of the gunfight and in the adjoining areas.

Reports said that youth pelted stones on the forces to disrupt their operation against the besieged militants, believed to be four in number.

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