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Kupwara youth killed in alleged army firing on protesters


A 22-year-old youth was today killed allegedly in Army firing during clashes with stone-pelting protestors in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

A group of protestors pelted stones on an Army convoy at Trehgam in Kupwara district around 8 pm, a police official said.

He said the troops opened fired to disperse the protestors, resulting in injuries to two of them.

“One of the injured, Khalid Gaffar Malik, son of Abdul Gaffar Malik, succumbed to injuries at a hospital. He was hit by a bullet in the throat,” the official said.

“Some protesters hurled stones at an army patrol party while it was passing through Trehgam town. The patrol opened fire at the protesters resulting in death of the civilian,” a police source said.

Tension has gripped the entire area while senior civil and police officials have reached the spot to ensure things remain under control.

Meanwhile, district administration has decided to suspend class work in all the schools and colleges of the district tomorrow, an official said.

He said that class work will remain suspended in all schools and colleges of Kupwara district tomorrow (July 12) “as a precautionary measure”.

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