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Youth killed in police firing during Kashmir clash

Posted on Jun 23 2014 | IANS

Srinagar, June 23 : A youth was killed in police firing while three people were injured Monday when a stone-pelting mob clashed with security forces in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The incident took place when the mob started pelting stones at security forces following the death of a Pakistani militant - identified as Mehmood Bhai of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit - in a gunfight with security forces.

Police said in a statement that after the completion of the operation in Baba Raza Krankshevan area in which the Pakistani militant was killed, the security personnel were returning from the area when they were pelted with stones.

"The mob attempted to set afire a security armoured vehicle. Security forces used non-lethal weapons but the situation could not be controlled," police said.

A few shots were fired injuring four people.

One of the injured, identified as Arshad Ahmad Shah, son of Abdul Aziz Shah, residents of Seer Jagir area, died of his injuries.

The other injured were hospitalised and are said to be out of danger.

Protesters carrying the body of the youth refused to bury him unless those responsible for the killing were punished.

On Sunday evening, security forces surrounded a house in Krankshevan area on receiving information about two-three guerrillas hiding inside. While the Pakistani guerrilla was killed, an associate believed to be a local escaped from the site.

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