Indian Army storms Village in South Kashmir and targets Terrorist Funeral; 1 killed, 2 injured

Indian Army storms Village in South Kashmir and targets Terrorist Funeral; 1 killed, 2 injured

A militant was killed and two other people wounded when the Indian Army stormed and fired at a funeral of a militant in South Kashmir on Saturday, police and residents said, as seven terrorists and an Indian soldier were killed in gunbattles in the region.

Army Soldiers descended on a village in the suburbs of southern Shopian town as thousands gathered to participate in the funeral of a terrorist killed along with four others in a gun battle with government forces in a neighboring village early Saturday, said top police officer S.P. Vaid.

Vaid said the soldiers were acting on a tip that a group of militants had come to the funeral and came under a barrage of stones thrown by local residents.

Locals said clashes erupted after soldiers fired live ammunition at the funeral procession, killing one person. Two others were wounded.

Earlier, army soldiers and counterinsurgency police cordoned off a neighborhood in the suburbs of southern Shopian town overnight, leading to an exchange of fire with militants, police said. One militant was killed overnight while four more died early Saturday.

The fighting sparked protests and clashes as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the battle to help the militants escape. Government forces fired warning shots, shotgun pellets and tear gas at stone pelters, injuring at least 15 people, three of them critically.

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