4 dead as militants attack forces in Kashmir, says Army

Shopian killings Protests rock Kashmir University

"She (Mehbooba) is duty-bound to hold the culprits accountable and, if she chooses not to do so, this would be a serious dereliction of her constitutional duties yet again", Mattu said in a statement.

The slain militant was identified by police as Aamir Ahmad Malik of Harmain, Shopian. "The vehicles sped off", said the Army officials.

"During the search, three bodies were found in one vehicle". The second vehicle moved ahead.

The army said an investigation will ascertain the level of cooperation of slain civilians with the militants killed.

Earlier in January, an army convoy was faced with a stone-pelting mob in the Shopian district of Kashmir as a result of which the army opened fire in self-defence, resulting in the death of 3 civilians.

The alleged shooter was killed and a weapon found at the scene, army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told AFP. Ten people, including six jawans and one civilian, were killed in the Sunjwan attack last month. "In retaliatory operation, one militant identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar was killed", Army Spokesperson said.

"My son is not an overground worker". Wagay's brother said he had spoken to him "half-an-hour before the incident", and contested the Army's claims. I have no words to condemn these killings at Shopian.

PDP MLA from Shopian Mohommad Yousuf demanded demanding a judicial probe and speedy action. The leaders of both the parties and claimed that the killings can be justified under no circumstances.

Reports said police arrested dozens of students to prevent the situation from turning violent.

It evoked a complete shutdown in entire Valley on the call of the separatists.

The body of Gowhar Ahmad Lone, 24, of Molu Chitragam, Shopian, was found around 250 meters away from the site at Pahnoo.

Malik, along with his supporters, reached Budshah bridge here and tried to march towards Lal Chowk, officials said.

Clashes erupted at several places in Kashmir between protesters and the government forces.

The spokesman said protesters rued the silence of the United Nations, global community over the civilian killings in Kashmir.

Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik termed the Shopian incident as "another example of brutal Indian aggression" in a joint statement and called on people to march to pay homage to the dead.

A relative of Suhail said the three were innocent and had nothing to do with militancy. "The army is lying that he or others were OGWs".

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