Militant, four civilians dead in J&K attack

Security personnel patrol a street during restrictions in Srinagar

"My heartfelt condolences to the deceased's families", she tweeted.

Militants on Sunday opened fire at a Mobile Vehicle Check Post outside an Army camp in Pohan area of Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. The stops deployed, signaled the vehicles to stop, however both the vehicles continued to move.

The body of one terrorist - Amir Ahmad Malik - was recovered.

A statement issued by the Jammu and Kashmir police said, "On the basis of the docket received from the Army, it is learnt that the MVCP of Army located near Pahnoo in Shopian was sacked upon from a Maruti Swift".

Authorities earlier believed that one suspected militant and three youths were killed in retaliatory firing in Shopian's Panhoo region. On Monday morning, one more bullet-riddled body was found at the scene of occurrence. Three more bodies were found in the vehicle during the search.

While the army called them "over-the-ground workers or accomplices" of the militants travelling in a Maruti Swift auto, the locals said they were just civilians.

A sixth victim found Monday was identified by police as a suspected militant but no weapon was found on his person.

Ajaz Ahmed, a reporter in Shopian, told THE WEEK that scores of people, including women, took to the streets in Shopian from various villages to protest the killing of the four civilians by the Army.

The Army said in a statement that militants fired at the mobile check post from two vehicles.

The slain militant has been identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar, a resident Shopian's Jamnagri village.

"My son is not an overground worker".

The locals have dismissed the Army's claims. Ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice president Sartaj Madni called the Shopian incident "outrageous" and condemned it.

The incident was also condemned by the mainstream political parties including ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) and opposition party National Conference (NC). "No circumstances can justify these civilian killings", he said. "All the killings are related and we are investigating the matter", he said.

Hurriyat (G) chairman on Tuesday staged a protest in Srinagar against the killing of four civilians in army firing in south Kashmir's Shopian district.

It evoked a complete shutdown in entire Valley on the call of the separatists.

Villagers at the funeral of Suhail Ahmad near Srinagar. The Srinagar-Banihal train service was suspended while internet services remained snapped in the two districts. The state government made a decision to close all schools and colleges across Kasmir till Wednesday in order to avoid a law and order situation in the Valley. Prestigious Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) examination was also put on a hold.

The killings led to massive clashes between protesters and the occupational forces in Shopian, Pulwama, and other areas, reported KMS.

The spokesman said protesters rued the silence of the United Nations, worldwide community over the civilian killings in Kashmir.

Security forces said the attack took place around 8 pm. In year 2017, more than 200 militants were killed; a majority of them were locals of South Kashmir. "The army is lying that he or others were OGWs".

Militant conglomerate, United Jihad Council, chief Syed Salahuddin said "India will get nothing but only disappointment by targeting innocent civilians". "The Narendra Modi government was upset with the never-ending accomplishments of fighters", said the LeT spokesman.

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