Kulgam encounter: Civilian killed, 10 injured in clashes after security forces kill top Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Gulzar Paddar

Srinagar: A civilian was killed and 10 others were injured Saturday in clashes between protestors and security forces following an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, in which five militants were killed, police said.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Clashes broke out between groups of youths and security forces, who were engaged in the counter-militancy operation, at the Chowgam area of Qazigund in Kulgam, a police official said.

He said security forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and opened firing to quell the protests.

Over 10 persons were injured in the forces' action and they were taken to the district hospital in Anantnag for treatment, the official said. He added that out of those injured, six, including four with pellet injuries in the eyes, were referred to a hospital here, but one Rouf Ahmad, a resident of Chee in Anantnag, succumbed to injuries on the way near Sangam.

Five Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militants, including the one involved in the last year's deadly attack on a cash van in which five cops and two bank guards lost their lives, were killed in the encounter which began in the morning.

Top Hizb-ul-Mujhaideen commander Gulzar Paddar was among the five militants who were killed on Saturday.

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Updated Date: Sep 16, 2018 08:45:59 IST

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