Eight killed in Kashmir gunfight, protestors clash with security

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Earlier on February 4, the security forces killed two top Kashmiri militants as they were trying to enter politically sensitive Sopore town in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district.

Despite repeated check on all the houses yielded no success, the security forces rechecked a house where the intelligence input had suggested about the presence of the militants.

He said that militants sprayed automatic gunfire to break the cordon, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police and soldiers that killed four militants and two soldiers. Three Indian soldiers were also killed in clashes.

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Four weapons have been recovered. Protestors raised slogans against security forces.

On Sunday, Military forces were involved in a gunfight with a group of militants holed up in a home in south-Kashmir, the policeman said. In the initial firing two soldiers of 1st Rashtriya Rifles attained martyrdom and a civilian Ishfaq Majeed Reshi was also killed.

Security forces fired bullets at protesters, injuring at least 21 people, one of whom later died, according to Dr. While Mudasir and Wakeel belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba, Farooq and Younis worked with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

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Sunday's encounter also left more than two dozen people injured, including three Army personnel. Reports said that there were protests and clashed in Palhallan, Hygam in north Kashmir.

He said that large number of people gathering around the encounter sites and clashing with the forces was continuing to be a major problem. "Several Indian soldiers were killed while many of them suffered disabilities". Eyewitnesses said that an Engineering student was arrested by police in Pulwama after stone-pelting incident.

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.

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