Militants open fire at security forces in Tral

Elias Hubbard
Мая 28, 2017

There have been several instances of mobs indulging in stone-pelting on the forces to disrupt anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.

Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, 27, the leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen military group, and an associate were killed by government troops after militants instigated a gun fight with security forces Friday night in the town of Tral.

The situation across the Valley is tense.

The entire area has been cordoned off and a major counter-operation is underway.

A civilian, Aaqib Ahmad, also lost his life in the crossfire, security officials confirmed. Officials said clashes were reported from over four dozen places in the region. Police sources said that the third militant, a foreigner, took advantage of the tumult to escape.

Bhat succeeded charismatic separatist leader Burhan Wani after he was killed in a gunfight in July 2016, which triggered months of anti-India protests in which almost 100 people died.

State Police Chief S P Vaid had earlier said that three militants were trapped in the security force cordon, but during search the bodies of only two were recovered from the debris of the demolished houses.

- Unnerved people rushed to their homes, leading to traffic snarls on certain routes.

The killing of Sabzar Ahmed also triggered spontaneous strike across the occupied Kashmir valley as shopkeepers downed their shutters while traffic went off the road.

At scores of places, the angry youth clashed with the police and CRPF.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the predominantly Muslim Kashmir valley, one of the world's most heavily militarised areas, where most people favour independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Reports emanating from Kashmir Valley said that violence has been erupted in many parts following the killing of Bhat. The suspension of internet services came a day after the puppet regime lifted a month-long ban on internet and 22 social networking websites.

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