J&K: Bodies of 3 militants killed in Anantnag encounter found

Jerome Frank
June 19, 2017

India on Friday lost its six courageous sons as militants ambushed a police party at Achabal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Junaid Mattoo and his accomplice Muzamil were killed in an encounter with security forces in Arwani village of Bijbihara in Anantnag District of south Kashmir. Two civilians were injured in the attack.

Reportedly, soon the Indian soldiers in the vehicle came under attack as the suspected militants fired upon them using heavy and small armaments.

Two bodies were recovered yesterday from the same area.

The police believe that the three militants were engaged in the gun battle at the spot even as the exchange of fire continued till late evening.

"The condition of three fully devastated residential houses at Arwani all their household goods burnt down to ashes is a glaring example of the Indian establishment against the Kashmiri people".

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Junaid, a notorious militant was district commander and took part in a number of militant activities. "They fired at the policemen from very close range and later escaped with five AK-47 rifles, " Vaid said, adding that the militants were the local Lashkar-e-Toiba module operating in the area.

Another civilian from Bandipora, Nazir Ahmad, who was wounded in Thursday's firing in Srinagar, also succumbed to his injuries Friday. After the fire tenders doused the raging flames, police and other security forces, which were already embattled by stone pelters, began a search operation in the rubble. Two civilians, including a teenage boy, were also killed in the shootout triggering a chain of protest demonstration across the Valley. Youth staged protest after congregational weekly prayers in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Pulwama town in south Kashmir for the second consecutive day, today, against the killings of youth by Indian troops.

Khar, a resident of Kharpora Arwani area, was rushed to the district hospital at Bijbehara where he was declared brought dead, police said.

Meanwhile, separatists have called for a general strike on June 18 against the killing of civilians and ransacking of properties allegedly by security forces. The operation to flush out militants was going on, he said.

Soon after the encounter started train services between Baramullah and Banihal were suspended and all the exams scheduled on June 17, in wake of the strike, have been postponed.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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