Jammu and Kashmir: 6 policemen killed in Anantnag terrorist attack

17 June, 2017, 08:41 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Policeman shot dead by militants at Bogund in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir

Ahsan Mushtaq (15) and Mohammad Ashraf Khar (34) were killed after being hit by bullets near the site of an ongoing encounter between militants and security forces at Arwani village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, a police official said.

The security forces, however, managed to kill two militants, including Matoo, in a gunfight that went on for several hours, while information on the third militant holed up inside the house remained unclear, police said.

It is believed that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander, Junaid Mattoo, and his associate were the two militants gunned down in the operation. They had also ransacked property of some police officers.

An Indian policeman kicks an exploded tear gas shell in an attempt to thrown it at Kashmiri protesters in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 16, 2017. The three were hiding inside a house in Anantnag's Arwani village. In another incident, militants shot dead a policeman in south Kashmir's Kulgam district. They hurled rocks at the troops and chanted slogans against Indian rule.

After the incident, clashes broke out between protesters and security forces at almost a dozen places in the valley, including downtown Srinagar.

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Clashes erupted between protesters and forces in old area of Sopore town soon after Friday congregational prayers, reports said. "More than a dozen people were injured", Asgar Ahmad Kutchai, a resident of Kharpora village.

In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have denounced the civilian killings by forces and have supported the shutdown call by the joint resistance leadership on Saturday to mourn the killings. Two more civilians also sustained bullet injuries.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.

Pakistan has urged the United Nation to take notice of grave human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.

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