After Encounter In Kashmir, 6 People Killed, 40 Injured, Cops Blame Blast

After Encounter In Kashmir, 6 People Killed, 40 Injured, Cops Blame Blast

After Encounter In Kashmir, 6 People Killed, 40 Injured, Cops Blame Blast 

New Delhi: The police said that around 6 people have lost their life and over 40 were injured when an explosive shell went off at an encounter site in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam. After a house caught fire, during the encounter, the unexploded shell lying at the site and went off. The cops added that the people, who had rushed in to douse the flames, got hit when the shell exploded.

At first, it was unclear, if the people had died in the explosion or during a clash with security forces that followed the encounter, in which three terrorists were killed. Many people got injured during the clashes, which started soon after the encounter, when the locals had flocked in to engage the security forces.

"Six people have been killed. We are trying to find out how it happened and what kind of explosive it was," said Swayam Prakash Pani, Inspector General of Police.

The cops have not determined what kind of explosive led to the tragedy. The death could have been caused by either be a grenade brought by the dead terrorists or mortar shell used by security forces during the operation. Even after the blast, the police didn't visit the spot because of the ongoing clashes in the area.

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K Vijay Kumar, the advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor and the state's top police officer Dilbag Singh expressed regret over the loss of civilian lives.

The separatists, who have blamed the security forces for the deaths have called for a statewide shutdown on Monday.

"To strongly condemn and protest the mayhem unleashed in Kulgam, in which five civilians and three armed youth were killed and scores of others injured, the Joint Resistance Leadership calls for a complete shutdown tomorrow. We will hold a protest sit-in at Lal Chowk on Tuesday," All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted.

Today, an encounter took place which took the life of three terrorists, which started after the police received a tip-off about their presence in the area. Two soldiers had been killed in the gunbattle.

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