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Jaish militant killed in Kokernag gunfight, civilian injured.

A militant was killed and a civilian injured during an encounter on Friday in which two houses were also blown up by government forces in Kokernag area of Anantang district.The encounter triggered protests in the area in which four protesters were also injured.

Several militants managed to escape from the gunfight site even as police claimed to have recovered a huge quantity of ammunitionA source said that on a specific information army’s 19RR, CRPF 164 battalion and special operation group of J&K police laid siege around remote Gadole village of Vailoo area of Kokrernag last night.

“As the forces zeroed in towards the house where militants were holed up in the wee hours they came under heavy fire,” he said.The fire he said was retaliated triggering a gunfight.

“In the initial exchange of fire a group of militants managed to escape even as one civilian Yawar Ahmad Wagay was injured during exchange of fire,” a source said.He was shifted to district hospital Anantnag.

“Yawar had sustained bullet injury on the back side of head and is being treated,” a doctor said.

Meanwhile, one militant who could not escape, engaged the forces in a fierce gun battle which continued for several hours after which the guns fell silent.“The forces blew up two houses using explosives,” a source said.

The body of the lone militant hailing from Pakistan and associated with Jaish-e-Muhamad militant outfit was finally recovered from the debris of the house along with an AK-47 rifle.“Huge quantity of ammunition and incriminating material has been seized from the site of encounter.  From the incriminating material seized it is learnt that the killed militant is a Pakistani affiliated with JeM and was involved in several attacks on security forces and civilian in the area,” a police spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, as the encounter was on, people in adjoining Vailoo area took to streets and clashed with forces who in turn lobbed tear shells and resorted to baton charge.

Four protesters who sustained injuries during the clashes were treated at the sub-district hospital Kokernag.

The killing of a militant triggered a spontaneous shutdown in Kokerenag area.

The authorities also snapped mobile internet service in parts of Anantnag district including the district head.

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