Six people including two soldiers were injured and two militants were killed on Tuesday during a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.
Two of the holed up militants in Kundalan village were killed after they challenged and opened fire on the security forces earlier in the day.
The bodies of the slain militants have not yet been recovered as the operation to flush out the remaining ultras continues, a police officer said.
Four civilian protesters and two troopers of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) were also injured in the gun battle.
The civilian protesters were injured as they clashed with the security forces near the gunfight site, sources said.
While the injured soldiers were shifted to Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar, the civilians were shifted to a different hospital, the police officer said.
Apart from the two casualties, a father died of shock on hearing that his son was trapped in the Shopian gunfight. Muhammad Ishaq Naikoo, father of Zeenat who had just joined militant ranks, was declared dead on arrival by the doctors at a hospital. (IANS)