Srinagar : Five militants were on Saturday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, while a civilian was killed and 10 others injured during clashes with law enforcement personnel after the gun battle, officials said.

Fresh exchange of firing between militants and security forces took place this morning at Kiloora in Shopian, where a militant was killed last night, they said, reports PTI.

“Four more terrorists have been killed in the operation at Kiloora in Shopian. One terrorist was killed last night,” an army official said.

All the five militants are locals and have been identified as Umer Nazir Malik, Waqar Ahmad Sheikh, Aijaz Ahmad Paul, Arshad Ahmad Khan and Arif Ahmad Mir, a police official said.

Soon after the encounter ended, clashes broke out between protesters and security forces at several places in the district.

A civilian was killed in a firing incident at Ganowpora, while two others sustained injuries, a police official said.

He said Bilal Ahmad Khan was hit by a bullet after the funeral prayers of one of the militants, who was among the five ultras killed in the gun battle with security forces at Kiloora.

Khan was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

Local residents alleged that he was hit by bullets fired by the army personnel in response to stone-pelting by protestors.

A defence spokesman said the details of the incident were being ascertained and an official statement will be released soon.

In another incident, at least 10 persons were injured in clashes between security forces and protestors in Shopian.

Hundreds of protestors assembled near the encounter site in Kiloora and started pelting stones at the security forces, the police official said.

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