Youth Killed in Protests Against Encounter in Pulwama, J&K

Lashkar-e-Taiba militant killed in overnight gunbattle with security forces, a civilian also died in the firing.

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Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers walk during night patrol near the fenced border with Pakistan in Abdullian, southwest of Jammu. (Photo: Reuters)

A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant was killed in an overnight gunbattle with security forces while a civilian died in the firing by law enforcing agencies on local youths, protesting violently after the encounter, in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, on Wednesday.

The deceased youth has been identified as Parvaiz Ahmad, according to a police officer.

Five others were injured in the firing. They have been shifted to nearby hospitals, the police said.

As the security forces were searching the debris, local youths indulged in stone-pelting and set ablaze a police vehicle.

LeT militant Shariq Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Awantipora area in the district, was killed in encounter with security forces in Naina Batapora village of Pulwama, an army official said.

One AK assault rifle and some ammunition has been recovered from the scene of the gunbattle which began last night following information about the presence of militants in the area, the official said.

The army official had earlier said that two militants were killed in the gunbattle but only one body was recovered from debris of the house where Bhat was hiding since Tuesday.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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