SRINAGAR, India: A teenage boy and two suspected militants were killed in a firefight with government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday that brought hundreds of local villagers out onto the streets in defiance of police orders.
Police said the firefight began after soldiers and police cordoned off a village outside the main city of Srinagar early Thursday, believing that two suspected militants were hiding out there.
Both died in the firefight, which also killed a 15-year-old student hit by a stray bullet, and injured a second civilian.
“Two terrorists were killed in the encounter. Both were locals and belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba group,” director general of police, S. P. Vaid told AFP.
Vaid said villagers shouting pro-freedom slogans clashed with security forces near the site of the gunbattle, defying orders to stay indoors.
A second officer who asked not to be named said hundreds of villagers marched to the scene, throwing rocks at government forces in a bid to aid the besieged ‘militants’.
Police said they brought the wife of one of the ‘militants’ to appeal him to surrender.
“But he refused and was killed later,” Vaid said.—AFP