Nine people, including seven militants, one soldier and a civilian, were killed during operations by security forces against militant outfits in south Kashmir on Sunday, ending the Valley’s bloodiest week this year with 26 casualties.A senior police officer said six militants, including Hizbul Mujahideen’s district commanders for Kulgam and Shopian, were surrounded by an operation team of the Army, the police and the CRPF in a pre-dawn offensive in the Batagund area of Kapran village in Shopian following specific inputs.The dead were identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Mir alias Hammad from Lashkar-e-Taiba, Mohammad Abass Bhatt, Umar Majeed Ganaie alias Maaz alias Abu Hanzalla, Muhammad Waseem Wagay alias Saifullah and Khalid Farooq Malik alias Rafi alias Talha, all from the Hizb.Massive protests broke out as news of the death of militants spread. A civilian, Nouman Ashraf Bhat, among 15 injured during clashes between locals and security forces in Shopian, was declared brought dead at a hospital. Bhat had firearm injuries. Four other critically wounded protesters were admitted to Srinagar hospitals. A two-year-old baby, Hiba, was among those admitted to Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital for pellet injuries.In a separate operation, a Jaish-e-Muhammad militant was killed in a brief encounter in Pulwama’s Pampore area on Sunday evening.“With the elimination of the six local militants, all notorious terrorists of the [Shopian-Kupwara] belt have been successfully eliminated,” said the police spokesman.The police claimed Mohammad Abass Bhatt was involved in the brutal decapitating of 19-year-old civilian Huzaif Ashraf. A video of the killing had been posted online. “Bhatt was also wanted in the killing of Army officer Lt. Omar Fayaz, advocate Imtiyaz Khan and four police personnel in Shopian,” police said. The slain Pakistani militant was behind the gruesome killing of civilians, including slitting the throat of a local and uploading a video of it on the social media, said the police.Ganai, whose clicked pictures at Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk recently and uploaded them online, had earlier escaped from the Batamaloo encounter site in the city. The soldier killed in the encounter was identified as Nazir Ahmad of 162 Territorial Army from Kulgam.In a separate operation, one Jash-e-Muhammad militant was killed in an encounter in Pulwama’s Pampore area on Sunday evening. “Slain militant, Waseem, was a resident of Pakistan,” said the police.The separatist Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, called for a total shutdown on Monday.