JK: Militant killed in gunfight with security forces in Shopian: Army

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A local militant was among four people killed in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Sunday. Police have reached the spot and started legal formalities, Army said. The check post manned by army personnel was sacked upon after they signalled a vehicle to stop, a security official told news agency PTI. OGWs refer to Over-Ground Workers or associates in counter-terrorism parlance. The identities of the civilians killed during the clash are being ascertained, the police said.

The Army said his three accomplices, whom the spokesman described as "over-ground workers", were also "found dead" in the auto apparently used by the militant. "In a retaliatory operation, one terrorist was neutralised", said Srinagar-based army spokesperson, Rajesh Kalia.

Locals, however, claimed that the three slain persons were civilians without any militant connections.

No Army soldier has been reported injured in the attack.

However, the Supreme Court put an interim stay on criminal proceedings against Major Aditya and directed the government that no coercive action be taken against him in the incident.

The Army could not immediately furnish the details of the circumstances in which the accomplices were killed.

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