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Violence erupts in Kashmir after security forces kill militants, say police

Violence erupts in Kashmir after security forces kill militants, say police

Security forces gunned down 11 militants, including top "commanders" on Sunday, while an ultra surrendered in three separate encounters in south Kashmir, media reports said. Forces personnel are also seen in areas enforcing restrictions.

Two Indian soldiers and two civilians were also killed, and more than 30 people were injured when hundreds of protesters pelted stones at the security forces to disrupt their anti-militant operations, police said.

Police and paramilitary troopers fired pellets and tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Three simultaneous counter-terror operations in Shopian and Anantnag districts of Jammu and Kashmir, in southern parts of the volatile region, which were launched late Saturday and continue, have killed 13 suspected militants.

The other militant did not surrender and instead resorted to firing on forces which was retaliated in which he was killed, the official said.

In a major success, security forces eliminated two terrorists, identified as Ahmad Malik and Rayees Thokar, who abducted and killed Lt Umar Fayaz in May 2017 when the Army officer had gone to his hometown in Shopian to attend a wedding, Vaid said.

To thwart protests, authorities had put parts of Srinagar, including the Old City and Maisuma, under strict restrictions. "He called the families of the two militants and let them speak to the ultras on phone to convince them to give up", the DGP said.

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Local residents said soldiers blasted several civilian homes with explosives while fighting the militants.

Earlier, the report said that most of the tourists reached Srinagar airport early Tuesday in a bid to escape being stoned by the protestors. The medical staff said troops tried to stop them from performing their duties. Locals, however, said that the number of those hurt was higher.

At least 20 people are dead and 200 injured in Indian-administered Kashmir after fierce clashes between rebels and government forces on Sunday.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of life in Kashmir and condemned the Indian tyranny.

Mehbooba also paid tributes to three army men killed during these operations and conveyed her sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

Officials also halted train services and cut cellphone internet access in the most restive towns, and reduced connection speeds in other parts of the Kashmir Valley, a common government practice aimed at calming tensions and preventing anti-India demonstrations from being organized.