J&K operation ends after all 3 LeT militants killed

19 June, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Malcolm Fuller

Six policemen including an officer were killed after militants attacked their vehicle, while two civilians were killed and several others injured during clashes near a gunfight site in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir Friday, police said. Two civilians were injured in the attack.

Kashmir remained on the edge on Saturday as bodies of three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including commander Junaid Matto, were recovered from the Arwani encounter site in south Kashmir.

The unrest spread to neighbouring villages as thousands of residents clashed with government forces, hurling stones and chanting: "We want freedom" and "Go India, go back".

Reportedly, soon the Indian soldiers in the vehicle came under attack as the suspected militants fired upon them using heavy and small armaments. Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal were closed to maintain law and order, Greater Kashmir reported.

Police had laid a cordon around a house in Malik Mohalla in Arwani village at 8 am on Friday following an intelligence tip off about the presence of three militants there.

According to police, Matoo was involved in several militant attacks and killings of policemen, while as Wani and Mir had joined militant ranks previous year.

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

An Indian police officer detains a Kashmiri protester in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 16, 2017.

Sub-Inspector Feroz Dar was martyred in an ambush by terrorists in Anantnag district.

Authorities on Friday again blocked high speed mobile Internet facility in the area fearing escalation in tempers over civilian killings. He was involved in the killing of a police constable on Thursday in Kulgam's Bogund area, the spokesman said.

The fighting began when the militants began firing in an attempt to break through the siege, Khan said.

According to the health official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to media, 22-year-old Muhammad Ashraf was killed and six others sustained injuries as Indian troops opened fire on a pro-independence demonstration in south Kashmir.

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