Two militants killed in Sopore gunfight

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Two militants killed in Sopore gunfight
Suhail Khan
Srinagar, June 17: Two local militants were killed in a gunfight that broke out at Bomai area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday.
Officials said the gunfight raged this morning after government forces acting on a specific input about the presence of militants condoned off Bomai and launched a search operation.
As the searches were underway, the militants who were hiding in a residential house fired at search parties of forces, triggering off an encounter, said the officials. The exchange of gunfire continued for few hours and the two militants were killed separately by forces.
The slain militants were identified as Altaf Ahmad Mir of Gundbrath, Sopore and Imtiyaz Ahmad of Wusan,  Bandipora. The killings of the militants sparked off massive protests and clashes in Bomai.
Earlier when the gunfight was underway, hundreds of residents of Bomai staged pro-freedom protests and tried to March towards encounter spot. But police and CRPF stopped them and used teargas shells against the protesters, triggering clashes, which continued throughout the day intermittently.
Soon after the gunfight was over, thousands of people attended the funerals of the slain militants and staged massive anti-India protests. After the funeral, massive clashes between the forces and locals erupted during which several people including a woman were injured.