Bodies of 3 Lashkar militants recovered from encounter site in Kulgam

Posted June 19, 2017

Six policemen, including a Station House Officer of the Achabal police station, were killed when militants ambushed their vehicle at Thajiwara Achabal in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on June 16 (Friday) evening.

Two civilians, one of them a teenager, were killed after security forces opened fire at a crowd marching towards the encounter site.

Earlier on Friday, a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant commander Junaid Matoo was killed in gunbattle with the Indian armed forces in southern Kashmir's Arwani area. During the operation, militants present in the area fired upon the search parties with automatic weapons.

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The bodies were recovered by a troop of 90 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Special Operation Group (SOG) and Rashtriya Rifles. Both had joined militancy after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani previous year. Srinagar district magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said curfew was clamped in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal areas to maintain law and order.

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

Police said a young man and a teenage boy were killed and at least five others were wounded in the crossfire between the government forces and rebels. 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. He was involved in the killing of a police constable on Thursday in Kulgam's Bogund area and also in the killing of an assistant sub-inspector and a constable near a bus stand in Anantnag previous year, police said.

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Another civilian from Bandipora, Nazir Ahmad, who was wounded in Thursday's firing in Srinagar, also succumbed to his injuries Friday. In another incident, militants shot dead a policeman in south Kashmir's Kulgam district.

Authorities suspended mobile internet services in the Valley to prevent mobilisation of stonepelters and mobs.

In 2016, Mattoo killed two police officials in Anantnag with a video of him fleeing the spot with an AK 47 going viral.

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They said mourners jostled to touch the faces of militants as they fired in the air.