J&K: Bodies of 3 militants including LeT commander, weapons found by CRPF

Kristopher Drake
June 19, 2017

In a brutal terror attack six policemen, including a Sub-Inspector, were killed in Anantnag district of South Kashmir after terrorists ambushed a police party today.

Five terrorists came to the funeral of Junaid Mattoo, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Arwani village of Bijbihara in Anantnag District of south Kashmir.

Besides, three militants, two civilians were also killed near the encounter site yesterday when security forces fired on protestors during clashes in the area.

"The search operation is going on and we are yet to recover bodies of militants", Pani told ET.

A gunshot was heard near a CRPF camp on Saturday morning, triggering panic in the area, a police official said. "Later, more militants appeared to join the funeral prayers and gun salute", said an eyewitness.

Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said restrictions were imposed in the areas of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal to maintain law and order. On Friday evening, a police contingent, on patrol in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, was ambushed by a heavily-armed group of terrorists.

Mattoo, who carries a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was involved in a day light attack on a police van in which three policemen, including an officer was killed a year ago. Although they were rushed to the hospital, two succumbed to their injuries.

Some of the militants also fired from within the crowd indiscriminately on the security forces engaged in the encounter.

During yesterday's encounter, two civilians were also killed. Security forces used force to disperse protesters at highway town of Pampore where clashes erupted after the news spread about the killing of LeT ultras.

Authorities on Friday again blocked high speed mobile Internet facility in the area fearing escalation in tempers over civilian killings.

Meanwhile, separatists have called for a general strike on June 18 against the killing of civilians and ransacking of properties allegedly by security forces.

In an e-mailed statement LeT spokesman, Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi while quoting the outfit chief, Mehmood Shah said, "These sacrifices won't go in vain".

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