Seven civilians were killed Saturday in clashes that broke out between youths and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district following an encounter with militants in the area. At least one Army jawan and three militants have been killed in the ongoing gunfight. Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar said, “I have been informed that seven people were killed in clashes that broke out near the encounter site. We are collecting further details.” Mobile internet services have been suspended in several parts of the Valley.
The encounter began this morning after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Sirnoo village of Pulwama after receiving specific intelligence inputs on the presence of militants in the area. As police were conducting searches, the militants opened fire on them.