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Violence kills 6 policemen, 2 civilians in Indian-controlled Kashmir

19 June 2017, 02:32 | Rufus Hill

Violence kills 6 policemen, 2 civilians in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Policeman killed by terrorists outside his home in south Kashmir's Kulgam

Mattoo was killed along with two of his associates in Arwani village of the district district in a gunfight with the security forces on Friday. Police said crowd threw stones and tried to break the security cordon.

According to police, Nasir and Adil had joined militancy a year ago and were involved in militant activities in south Kashmir. "Due to widespread support for militants these days, it is hard to make out who is a ultras and who is not", a police officer said.

Sources in the security agencies term it a disturbing development, as in the early 1990s, suspicion of militants presence at funerals had led to security forces opening fire that resulted into many casualties.

"He was involved in killing of police Constable at Bogund, Kulgam on 15th of this month". A resident of Khudwan village in Kulgam, Mattoo joined a militant group at the age of 18 in June 2015 and has been active in terrorist activities since then.

He was buried in Khudwani village, where hundreds of mourners offered the slain LeT commander's funeral prayers.

Local media reports said militants looted the service rifles of policemen following the attack.

Geelani and Mirwaiz also castigated GOI for harassment of pro-freedom leaders by NIA which they said was a ploy to malign the people's movement and the resistance leadership.

"We salute their valor and passion", Malik said while paying tributes to Junaid Matto, Nasir Wani, Adil Mushtaq, Mohammad Ashraf and Ashan Mushtaq, the militants and civilians killed at Arwani.

Meanwhile, a youth shot by some suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday succumbed to the injuries in a hospital here on Sunday, officials said. The civilians were killed when the security force opened fire to disperse the locals who were converging on the encounter site.

All shops and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport is off the roads.



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