Jammu and Kashmir: Three civilians among 12 killed in two encounters
At least three civilians, six militants and three army personnel were killed in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. While three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, three civilians also lost their lives in a blast after the gunfight ended.
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In another incident. Two Pakistani intruders were neutralised along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir, according to ANI. Three security forces lost their lives in the attack. One security personnel was also injured in the incident. Army recovered two AK-47 rifles from the militants.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out between groups of youths and security forces in Kulgam district.
"Police had to use some force to quell the protests and around two dozen persons were injured in the clashes," the official said.
Reacting to the encounter, separatist leaders have called for complete shutdown in Kashmir tomorrow. Taking to micro blogging site Twitter, Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the attack and called for shutdown on Monday and protest sit-in on Tuesday.
Kulgam MLA and CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami expressed grief over the loss of civilian lives and demanded a probe into the incident.
"It is devastating. This needs to be investigated through an impartial probe...We are now tired of crying and demanding, but those who matter have turned a deaf ear," he said.
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Advisor to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar, and DGP Dilbag Singh also expressed regret over the loss of civilian lives.