A pre-dawn operation was joined by the security forces after they received information about the presence of three local terrorists in an orchard, police sources said.
Seven civilians were killed and dozens injured in south Kashmir’s Pulwama after security forces opened fire during clashes that followed an encounter in which three terrorists were gunned down this morning.
A soldier was killed in the encounter that broke out early this morning in Pulwama’s Sirnoo village. The terrorists were hiding in an orchard.
The violence has led to a tense situation in the region, drawing sharp political reactions.
A pre-dawn operation was jointly launched by the army, the police and the CRPF after they received specific information about the presence of three local terrorists in an orchard, police sources said.
Eyewitnesses say the locals killed had bullet injuries in their head and chest. Several others young people who were injured in the pellet shotgun firing and clashes were taken to hospitals in south Kashmir and capital Srinagar. Clashes broke out in neighbouring villages too after the death of the civilians. Internet services were suspended in Pulwama.
Rail services between Kashmir Valley and Banihal town in Jammu region too were cancelled due to the tense situation.