4 militants, including top leader, gunned down in J&K; cop, civilian killed

Four militants, including the head of the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), were killed during a gunfight with in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Friday, police said.

A policeman and a civilian were also killed in the exchange of fire between and in a village in Srigufwara, a senior police official said.

Police identified one of the killed as Dawood, who was heading the ISJK, an affiliate of ISIS, he said.

Three civilians are reported to be critical.

“Four have been killed in the encounter at and their bodies have been recovered,” Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid added.

He said a policeman was also killed during the encounter, which was now over.

launched a cordon and search operation in Khiram in area of the south Kashmir district this morning after receiving specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into a gunfight after the militants fired at the forces, who retaliated.

Clashes broke out near the encounter site when a group of youth started pelting stones on the forces, a police official said.

Security forces used force on the protestors and several civilians were injured, he added.

Authorities have suspended mobile internet services in three districts – Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwama – of the valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, mobile internet services were snapped in three districts of Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.

The services have been barred in Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwama districts of the valley, a police official said.

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