One militant among four killed in Kashmir

Srinagar: Four persons including one militant and three civilians — who the army said were overground workers (OGWs) of militants — were killed on Sunday in a gunfight in Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Defence spokesman said in summer capital Srinagar: “A joint Mobile Vehicle Check Post (MVCP) was fired upon by terrorists near Pahnoo village in Shopian district of south Kashmir at 8 p.m today (Sunday).

“In retaliatory firing, a terrorist identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, resident of Jamnagri of Shopian, was killed and a weapon found with him.

“Three OGWs/ accomplices in the car who were accompanying the terrorist were also found to be dead.”

Police have reached the spot and started legal formalities, he added.

While the army confirmed that the three slain persons were OGWs of militants, the police are yet to confirm their exact identity.

Locals, however, claimed that the three slain persons were civilians without any militant connections.