Clashes erupt at Sumbal after militant killings; cellular service snapped

Clashes erupt at Sumbal after militant killings; cellular service snapped


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Srinagar: Security forces burst teargas shells to disperse protestors in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, where four militants were killed today after Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) foiled a fidayeen attack on their camp. Meanwhile, cellular services, including mobile internet, have been suspended in Sumbal and adjoining areas in Bandipora as a precautionary measure. Hundreds of protestors took to streets at Sumbal and adjoining areas to protest the killing of militants in an encounter which ensued after jawans of 45 Batallion foiled a fidayeen attack on their camp. The protests, who were shouting anti-forces and 'pro-freedom' slogans, were demanded that the bodies of the militants be handed over to them for last rites. However, security forces deployed in the area, burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, who were regrouping and pelting stones. The clashes were still going on when the reports last came in. Meanwhile, normal life was crippled at Sumbal and adjoining area as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads against the killings. Alert troops of CRPF foiled the fidayeen attack on their camp and killed four militants in Bandipora early this morning. Large number of arms and ammunition, including 4 AK rifles and grenades, were recovered from the slain militants.

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