Indian forces martyr three Kashmiris in gun battle

Four killed in fierce Kashmir gun battle

"Other units of the paramilitary forces and the state police also launched a combing operation of the area", said a senior home ministry official, requesting anonymity. This lead to a gunbattle, the official said.

Three soldiers were injured during the shootout of which two died while they were being shifted to a hospital, police said. Forces got a tip off about 2-3 terrorists hiding in the area, militants opened fire on the security forces, triggering a gun battle.

Nasrullah Mir, a local resident, was killed along with his associate in a brief gunfight with forces on Wednesday morning in Rakh-i-Paribal area of the town.

Mir was also involved in stone pelting cases.

He added that two "terrorists" belonging to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba group have also been killed in the gunfight in Hajin village in northern Kashmir's Bandipora, 30km away from the region's main city of Srinagar.

Almost 150 militants, including top commanders Sabzar Bhat, Junaid Mattoo, Ayub Lelhari, Bashir Lashkari, Abu Dujana, Mehmood Gaznavi and Umer Khalid, have been killed by security forces this year, which is the highest in the past eight years.

Entire area observed a spontaneous shutdown and thousands of people participated in slain militant nasrullah's last rites while the body of Abu Bakr, a non-local militant, was secretly buried in Gantmulla, Uri near the Line of Control. Four of his family members were injured in the shooting. The mourners raised pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans.

All business establishments, shops, schools remained closed in Shopian, while few private vehicles were seen plying on roads.

"The internet services have been suspended in Bandipora district as a precautionary measure to prevent the law and order problems", Khan said.

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