Three local insurgents of Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit were killed in an encounter with government forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district.
A police official said that acting on a specific information about the presence of insurgents in Jamia Mohalla in Amargarh locality of Sopore, government forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. ”The hiding insurgents opened fire on the joint search party, triggering an encounter. During encounter, three insurgents of LeT were killed.” he said.
The official said that three AK 74 rifles and magazines recovered from the encounter site. The slain insurgents have been identified as Javed Ahmed Dar of Khanpora Baramulla, Abid Hamid Mir of Hajin Bandipora and Danish Manzoor of Sopore Town. The killing of three insurgents triggered massive protests in Bandipora and Baramulla district.
Soon after the encounter, authorities snapped internet services in entire north Kashmir and also suspended voice call services on all networks except BSNL. The authorities also clamped restrictions in Old Town area of Baramulla district. Soon after the bodies of the slain reached their respective native areas, thousands of people came out of their houses and joined their funeral prayers amid massive anti-India, pro-freedom and pro-Islam sloganeering. The slain were laid to rest amid sobs and tears.
At least three persons were injured when army reportedly opened fire on protesters at Sadarkoot Bala in Bandipora district who were protesting against the insurgent killings. The injured have been identified as Hilal Ahmed Wani, Latief Ahmed Khan and Suhail Ahmed Bhat from Sadrekoot Bala. All the injured persons are stated to be stable in hospital. Meanwhile, clashes erupted at Islamia College in Srinagar’s Hawal area after students claimed that one of the slain insurgents’ killed in Sopore was their colleague.