The government forces on Thursday claimed to have killed the two militants who had snatched a rifle from the forces on Tuesday. The police said the militants were traveling in a car when it was asked to stop at a checkpoint. As the driver of the car got down to register his identity in a log book, the police said the militants in the car fired on the forces and they fired back in which both the militants were killed at the Khumriyal area of Lolab.
The slain militants have been identified as Zahoor Ahmad and Bilal Ahmad Shah, residents of Kalaroose and Shatmuqam Kupwara. Police said that slain militants belong to the Hizb outfit.
The forces had been on the trail of militants for some time and the moment they reached the checkpoint the forces became alert and in the ensuing action both militants were killed in the car from which they fired upon the forces, said the police.
The authorities later seized the vehicle and took into custody the driver of the vehicle. Meanwhile the internet was cut off in the entire area of kupwara including the neighbouring town of Handwara. As soon as the word of the killing spread, hundreds of people took to streets in the area. Clashes broke out between the police and the protestors and they were going on till late in the evening.
Protests break out
Two civilians were injured after forces opened fire to break up a protest following killing of the two militants. Reports said the forces opened fire to disperse the protesters, resulting in injuries to two of them. Both the injured were rushed to a local medical facility where from they were referred to Kupwara for specialized treatment.
However, one of the injured was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. GNS news agency identified one of the injured as 45-year-old Muhammad Jamal Tantray, a chowkidar. PRO defence Col Rajesh Kalia said the "details are being verified" with regard to the incident, GNS reported. It said Tantray was injured while he was coming home from a local mosque.