Bubble of celebration in a sea of mourning

Just as government forces were using an earthmover to search for bodies of three militants under the debris of burnt down houses they believed were killed during a long gun battle Wednesday, the militants appeared at Quimoh market on bikes performing stunts amid a jubilating crowd. All the three militants trapped inside a military cordon had managed to escape with the help of protestors who had thronged the encounter site. As the forces declared the operation over villagers rushed to the spot of the gun battle when locals started talking…

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Four Civilians die, Two battling for life saving rebels in Kulgam

When the sound of a few gunshots came out of the noise of rains beating tin roofs of the Khudwani houses late on Tuesday evening, it residents, about to go to sleep, stood still as the shooting grew more steady and intense. Three Lashkar militants had found themselves under siege by the government forces with a top commander of the guerrilla outfit also trapped in a house in the Wani Mohalla locality, in Kulgam. The shooting ebbed a little as the night rolled on, and the forces closed off all…

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