SRINAGAR: Hundreds of angry residents clashed with government forces Thursday in the main city of Indian-administered Kashmir after a firefight left three suspected rebels and a young woman dead, police and witnesses said, reports AFP.
Counterinsurgency police and federal paramilitary forces surrounded the Batamaloo neighbourhood of Srinagar after midnight following a tip-off that armed militants were hiding inside a residential house, triggering an exchange of fire.Three suspected rebels, believed to be locals, were killed in the firefight that lasted several hours, police announced on Twitter.
“One young woman also died during the encounter,” a police officer told AFP.
“The woman was caught in the crossfire. Her death is unfortunate,” director general of police Dilbagh Singh told reporters.
A paramilitary trooper was also injured during the firefight, Singh said.
As news of the deaths spread hundreds of residents took to the streets, throwing stones at government forces who fired tear gas and metal pellets.
The crowd shouted slogans, such as “Long live Pakistan” and “We want freedom”, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.