3 civilians killed in J&K firing by security forces

Srinagar : Three civilians, including a teenage girl, were killed after security forces opened fire at a stone-pelting mob during a cordon and search operation in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

A police officer said residents of Hawoora and adjoining villages tried to disrupt the anti-terror operation as security forces cordoned off the area following inputs that a group of militants was hiding in Kulgam, some 70 km from south of here.

Three civilians identified as Andleeb (16), Shakir Ahmad (22) and Irshad Ahmad (20), sustained firearm injuries during the clash with security forces.

Authorities immediately snapped mobile internet services in all the four south Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama.