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Kulgam Gunfight Aftermath: 4 civilians killed in a blast, Toll 6, Curfew imposed


Kulgam,Oct 22,CNS: At least four  civilians were killed and many injured in a blast at the Gunfight site at Laroo village in Kulgam district.

Earlier, three militants were  killed in a gunfight with government forces.

Witnessed said as soon the gunfight ended and government forces withdrew from the area, local residents thronged the encounter site.

They said people were sprinkling water on the debris of the house when an explosive device went up.

“Three civilians have been killed and dozens are injured,” said a witness.

He said that the injured people have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, curfew has been imposed in the district. There are apprehensions that civilian casualties may go up.

Police version

Civilians visited the encounter site immediately after operation inspite of request not to visit as thorough search is to be made for explosives once flames douse .they didn’t follow SOP thus visited the spot immediately after forces withdrew and some explosive substance went off resulting in injuries to civilians
We request them not to visit the site again.

Meanwhile a police official said that only one civilian has been killed while five are injured.