Two civilians injured in firing incident, after heated argument b/w army and civilians in Kupwara

During altercation there has been [an] accidental fire and two persons received injury in leg. Both are stable.

Kupwara: Two civilians suffered bullet injuries during an altercation between locals and army soldiers who were filming afternoon prayers at a mosque in Handwara tehsil of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday, reports said.

Quoting eyewitnesses, news agency GNS reported that army soldiers were filming the devotees entering the Jamia Jadeed mosque for afternoon prayers at the main chowk Handwara.

A firing incident took place and two civilians suffered bullet wounds in the legs, it said while quoting the eyewitnesses.

Quoting a top police officer, GNS reported that soldiers of 21 RR had gone to Jamia Masjid Handwara to make a video of prayers. “Some people objected and then there was [an] altercation between army and civilians,” the officer said, adding, “During the altercation, there has been [an] accidental fire and two persons received an injury in the leg. Both are stable.”

The injured were identified as Abdul Ahad Mir from Rajwar and Mujeeb Ahmad Sofi from Handwara. Both have been hospitalized, said the report.

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