Encounter underway with terrorists in Shopian, J&K

Security forces

The assistant professor at Kashmir University was shot dead along with a top Hizbul commander, once considered close to terrorist Burhan Wani, by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian today morning.

Five terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Sunday.

An assistant professor from the Kashmir University has been reported missing leading to protests by the students, police said on Saturday.

Earlier, the gunfight broke out at Badigam village after army's 44 RR launched the cordon-and-search operation in the area.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding terrists fired upon the forces, which was retaliated.

The police official, who asked not to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media, said at least 10 of the wounded protesters were hit by bullets and four were in a critical condition.

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During the encounter 5 militants of outlawed Hizb-ul-Mujahideen were killed.

"After receiving input about his presence there, we brought his family from Ganderbal to persuade him to surrender", Pani said.

He said incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, have been seized from the encounter site. He refused, the police said.

Authorities have suspended mobile internet services across south Kashmir.

Police sources said that a protesting civilian, Adil Ahmad, injured during the clashes, was declared dead on arrival by doctors at the Kulgam district hospital.