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Encounter, protests at Pulwama; 11 dead

Encounter, protests at Pulwama; 11 dead
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Srinagar: Seven civilians died Saturday when security forces opened fire at an unruly mob that thronged the site of an encounter in south Kashmir's Pulwama district in which three terrorists and an army man were killed, police said. The militants killed included army deserter Zahoor Ahmad Thoker, who belonged to Simoo village where the gunfight took place.

The Army laid siege around an isolated house in the middle of an orchard following an intelligence input about the presence of the militants. After the initial contact with the militants, the security forces completed the operation in 90 minutes, killing all three.

The soldiers were taken by surprise as people started marching towards the encounter site from all directions with some of them trying to seize their weapons, police said.

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