Two separatist guerrillas were killed on Wednesday in a gunfight with the security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a police official said.
"Two militants belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen – identified as Riyaz Naik and Lateef Dar – were killed in a gunbattle with the security forces on Wednesday in Naina Batpora village," the official told IANS here.
Two civilians were injured in an explosion after the gunfight ended. One of them one died later. The police officer identified the deceased civilian as Parvaiz Ahmad Guroo, 26.
The officer said that the house, used as a fortified bunker by the separatists, was destroyed in the gunfight.
"We suspect that the body of a third militant was buried under the debris," he added.
Troops of the 55 Rashtriya Rifles, 182 and 183 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police surrounded the house of Abdul Salam Wani in Naina Batpora on Tuesday evening after a tip-off on guerrillas hiding there.
When the security forces asked the guerrillas to surrender, they resorted to indiscriminate firing that triggered the gunfight, the police informed.
While the villagers alleged that the security forces fired at protestors gathered at the spot after the gunfight, police said the two people were injured in a grenade explosion as the area residents began moving debris of the house.
An SOG vehicle was torched by agitated protestors in Kakapora town of Pulwama district as news of the civilian’s death spread in the area.
Tension prevailed as senior civil and police officers rushed to the spot to defuse the situation.