However, when the security forces were sealing the area, militants hiding there, opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons. Two other security personnel were wounded in the fighting. Soon after security personnel lifted the cordon at the operation site, terrorists joined the mob that helped them escape. Four of them, identified as 16-year-old Bilal Ahmad Tantray, 28-year-old Sharjeel Ahmad Sheikh, 14-year-old Faisal Illahi and 30-year-old Aijaz Ahmad Palla, succumbed to injuries on way to or in hospitals.
Official sources told GNS, that police have sent a communication to the cellular companies wherein they have directed them to snap down the mobile internet data in Pulwama, Shopian and Awantipora with immediate effect.
The locals alleged that the Army fired indiscriminately into the protesting crowds, but a statement issued by the police here said that the civilians were caught in crossfire.
Forces used high grade explosives to blast the house where the militants are trapped, sparking a blaze that has spread to adjoining houses and commercial buildings, witnesses said.
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Police officials stated this after clearing the debris of the house.
Meanwhile, the gun-fight outside the house where the militants were holed up continued with bullets flying in every direction, they said.
Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Kashmiris were "left with no option other than to come out on roads" to protest.