Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Security heightened in Kashmir to prevent march

Security heightened in Kashmir to prevent march

Two army soldiers were also killed in the gunfight. He said while the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter.

At least 17 persons, including nine militants, six soldiers, and two civilians, were killed since Monday in three different gunfights in the Valley.

A repeated check on all the houses yielded no success but the police personnel accompanying the raiding party insisted on a rechecking a house where the intelligence input had suggested about the presence of the militants. The man whose house was attacked was the civilian who died. However, security officials said that there were no restrictions imposed in the rest of the Valley.

Police said two militants belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the other two to the Hizbul Mujahideen.

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Two civilians, two Indian junior servicemen and four terrorists were killed on Sunday in the operation by the Indian security forces that took place in the Kulgam district. The administration has beefed up security in "sensitive areas" in the region after separatist leaders called for a strike to protest against the civilian deaths.

The clip clearly shows that the security personnel faced no imminent threat from the protesting youth, the excuse used by forces to defend their violent actions.

All shops, business centres and private offices remained closed in the Valley. "We salute the people for taking part in huge numbers in the funerals of slain militants". The National Conference demanded an investigation into the encounter.

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