Militant, civilian killed in Bijbehara


ANANTNAG, A Hizbul Mujahideen militant who remained active for 16 days and a civilian were killed by government forces in Kanelwan Bijbehara in Anantnag district late on Thursday night.

A police official said soldiers of army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force personnel of 40 and 90 battalions and special operations group of J&K police launched a joint search operation in Kanelwan after “specific inputs” about presence of three militants there.

“The injured militant, however, scaled a wall of one of the houses and took shelter inside the washroom located in the compound of the house locking it from inside,” the source added.



Anantnag, including its main Bijbehara town, observed a complete shutdown to mourn the killings. Authorities had imposed strict restrictions in Old Town to thwart protests. Youth, however, defied restrictions and clashed with forces at Lal Chowk, Achabal Adda, Janglat Mandi, Sherpora, Reeshi Bazar, Cheeni Chowk and Malkhnag. A policeman identified as Jan Muhammad was hit by a stone on his head. He was rushed to Srinagar for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile, shutdown was also observed in Kulgam district to mourn the killing of two Hizb militants Aaqib Ahmad of Gopalpora and Suhail Ahmad of Yaripora killed in shootout on Wednesday night. The mobile internet services in Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian continued to remain suspended for sixth consecutive day.