A militant and three civilians were killed in Army's retaliatory fire after a mobile check-post came under attack in Jammu and Kashmir's southern Shopian district late Sunday evening. The youths were Suhail Ahmad Wagay, 22, Shahid Khan, 21, Shahnawaz Wagay, 23, and Gowhar Ahmad Lone.
Four civilians and two militants were killed in Shopian on Sunday evening.
Later during the search, the spokesman said, "The body of a militant was recovered, who was identified as Amir Ahmad Malik", as against some "Shahid Ahmad Dar" the spokesman had claimed on Sunday.
Three others were found dead in a vehicle some distance away.
As per recent updates, another dead body of a militant has been recovered from the firing sight, making the total killings in Shopian district when gunmen attacked an army vehicle raised to six.
The killings led to massive clashes between protesters and the occupational forces in Shopian, Pulwama, and other areas, reported KMS.
The killings have triggered outrage in the Valley.
In a surprising turn of events, the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, while condemning the killings yesterday, termed the slain as civilians while the J&K Police also didn't use the Army terminology to identify the trio. "They were definitely civilians and it is a matter of investigation as to what extent they were involved in supporting terrorists", said Brigadier Harbir Singh of 12 Sector Rashtriya Rifles (RR).
Separatist Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), which comprises Syed Ali Geelani's Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Yasin Malik's JKLF, has called for a protest march towards Shopian on March 7.
The authorities have also imposed restrictions in the old city area in Srinagar under the jurisdiction of five police stations to thwart the spread of protests in these areas. Mobile Internet services were suspended in South Kashmir, while its speed was reduced in Srinagar and other parts. The Indian army described them as accomplices but police were investigating this claim.
At one of the funerals for the dead rebels, soldiers fired in the air to disperse thousands of mourners in a village in the Shopian area.
After the incident, schools and educational institutions which had just opened on Monday following a two-month-long winter break were closed again as a precautionary measure.