Thousands of residents of Karimabad and adjoining areas took to streets this morning to protest against the alleged nocturnal raids conducted by security forces, a police official said.

The protestors started pelting stones at the security forces who retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and pellet guns, he said. Twenty injured persons have been referred to various hospitals in the city, the official said. The clashes were going on in the area till reports last came in, he added.

Meanwhile, the states has witnessed terror attack in Poonch district, inwhich one terrorist was killed. Also armforces gunned down a terrorist in on going operation. According to media reports, three to four terrorists are still holed up in Poonch area. The police said the terrorists started firing from an under construction mini secretariat building near the Army's 93 Brigade headquarters in Poonch town around 8 a.m.

In the encounter, one policeman died and two persons were injured, police officials said, adding, the deceased was identified as R Kumar. One of the injured is Sub Inspector of Special Operation Group (SoG) Manzoor Hussain and another a civilian Tariq, they said.

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