Pulwama encounter: Four militants killed, 16 civilians hurt in clashes near site

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At least four rebels were killed in a gun battle with security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir on Saturday, officials said. As many as 16 persons were injured in clashes that erupted thereafter. Security forces used tear smoke shells and pellet shotguns to chase away the protesters.

Earlier four militants were killed in the gunfight that broke out after the forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area.

He said as the forces were conducting searches, the hiding terrorists fired upon them.

"Incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site of the encounter", the police said. Four militants were killed, police said, adding that troops suffered no casualties.

Last Saturday six militants, including a senior militant of a Valley-based outfit affiliated to the Al-Qaeda, were killed in an encounter with security forces in the same district. Around 10 protesters were injured, and one severely injured was shifted to a Srinagar hospital.

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He said the slain militants were identified as Muzamil Ahmad Dar, Waseem Akram Wani, and Muzamil Nazir Bhat, all belonging to Pulwama.

Today's gunfight was the second in Pulwama district in as many days.

Despite restrictions and the internet gag, thousands reached the villages of the slain militants to attend funeral prayers.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq claimed that the cordon and search operations (CASO) launched in the extreme cold weather should immediately stop.

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