Toll in J&K gunfight rises to six

Srinagar: The toll in Sunday’s gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district rose to six after two more bodies were recovered on Monday, police said.

The body of one militant identified as Ashiq Hussain Bhat from the Lashkar-e-Tabia (LeT) terror outfit, was recovered today at Saidpora area. He was missing since November 13, 2017,” a police official said.

“Preliminary investigation have suggested that Bhat’s death was part of Sunday’s gunfight in Pahnoo village. Further investigation is on.”

On Sunday, one militant and three civilians — who the army claimed were overground workers (OGWs) of militants — were killed in the gunfight which took place after a mobile vehicle check post (MVCP) was fired at.

The body of another civilian, Gowhar Ahmad Lone, 24, was also found on Monday morning, some 250 metres away the gunfight site.

Meanwhile, authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city to prevent protests called by the separatists against the gunfight.