SRINAGAR (APS) March 28, 2017- Three civilians were martyred and at least 28 people were injured on Tuesday in clashes between freedom-protesters and occupying Indian forces in Indian-held Kashmir.
According to AFP that the clashes started when soldiers cordoned off a house in a village in central Kashmir s Chadoora area in which at least one armed militant — who was killed later in the day — was hiding, said Inspector General of Police, Javid Gillani.
Hundreds of villagers, in a show of support for the protesters, threw stones at soldiers who had cordoned off the house.
Three people were killed in the ensuing clashes in which government forces fired tear gas and ammunition to disperse the protesting crowds, Gillani told AFP.
Another police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said at least 28 people were injured, including eight government forces personnel.
One militant was killed in the operation and one weapon was recovered from the scene, said army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia.
Armed encounters between protesters fighting to end Indian rule over Kashmir and government forces have become more frequent since widescale unrest last year, sparked by the killing in July of a popular separatist leader.
That unrest left more than 90 civilians dead and thousands injured.
On Sunday two militants were killed when police ambushed their car in the southern Kashmir valley.