Kulgam: 16 years old girl and two others killed in Kashmir as forces fire at protestors

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Security forces fired at stone-throwing protesters (representational image)
Security forces fired at stone-throwing protesters (representational image)

New Delhi : Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir is facing the tantrum of security forces and protestors. A 16-year-old girl and two others were killed today (July 7) after security forces fired at stone-throwing protesters.

Reports claimed that the security forces opened fire after an army patrol came under attack in the Redwani area of Kulgam in south Kashmir. A search operation was underway for terrorists in the area, some reports said.

Those who died in the conflict were identified as Shakir Ahmad (age 22), Irshad Majid (age 20) and 16-year-old Andleeb, all were residents of Hawoora in Kulgam.

Close to 10 protesters were also injured in the clashes, two of whom received bullet injuries, news agency IANS reported. They were taken to hospital.

The area is in tension and more protests may continue in the area.

For now, the mobile internet services have been suspended in of Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama so as to avoid unwanted rumours which may trigger more protests.

The Governor of the state, NN Vohra has called a high-level meeting to discuss the deaths and sought from the army and the police, sources said. Senior officers of the army will visit Srinagar for a meeting as well.

The clashes come on a day when separatists have called for a strike in Kashmir for the arrest of Asiya Andrabi, chief of the Kashmiri women's separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and two of her associates by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

It happened just a day before the anniversary of the encounter in 2016 in which terrorist Burhan Wani was killed, igniting huge protests across Jammu and Kashmir.