Budgam encounter ends; two civilians killed, terrorist gunned down, over 20 injured in gunfire

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Srinagar: The encounter going on between security forces and terrorists in Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir came to an end on Tuesday evening. One terrorist was gunned down and two civilians were killed in the gunfire while an army jawan suffered injuries in the process.

Two civilians and one rebel were killed and at least 14 people injured Tuesday in clashes between protesters and troops and police in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said.

Earlier, 17 others were injured amid the clashes between security forces and protesters near an encounter site in Budgam.

The clashes started when soldiers cordoned off a house in a village in central Kashmir in which at least one armed militant — who was killed later in the day — was hiding, said Inspector General of Police, Javid Gillani.

Hundreds of villagers, in a show of support for the rebels, pelted stones on security forces who were engaged in an encounter with terrorists holed up inside a house in Chandoora area. According to reports, the two civilians were killed during the firing as locals tried to hamper the encounter.

Two people were killed in the ensuing clashes in which government forces fired tear gas and ammunition to disperse the protesting crowds.

“Doctors said one man died of bullet injuries and another died after he was hit by a tear gas shell,” said Gillani.

“Six civilian protesters and eight police and paramilitary personnel were also injured,” Gillani told AFP.

One militant was killed in the operation and one weapon was recovered from the scene, said army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia.

Armed encounters between rebels fighting to end Indian rule over Kashmir and government forces have become more frequent since widescale unrest last year, sparked by the killing in July of Hizbul militant  Bubrhan Bani.

That unrest left more than 90 civilians dead and thousands injured.

On Sunday two militants were killed when police ambushed their car in the southern Kashmir valley.

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