Bodies of 3 Lashkar militants recovered from encounter site in Kulgam

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.

Five terrorists came to the funeral of Junaid Mattoo, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Arwani village of Bijbihara in Anantnag District of south Kashmir.

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 17 (Xinhua) - Three militants, including a commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant outfit, and two civilians were killed in a fierce gunfight in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Saturday.

Expressing concern over the killing of six police personnel in terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag, defence experts on Saturday said the death of the policemen comes as a major setback.

"The search operation is going on and we are yet to recover bodies of militants", Pani told ET.

Two civilians, including a teenager also died after they were caught in the cross-fire between militants and security forces.

On Thursday, suspected rebels fired at police officials at two places in the restive region killing two of them, police said. However, the area was cordoned off soon after the attack.

Local reports said that two civilians were shot dead in the army firing. There too, a civilian was killed in clashes with security forces.

The security forces fired automatic weapons to chase away the protesters.

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.

Mufti said she has been warning of the unsafe consequences of violence time and again and appealed the civil society to rise to the occasion to make the future of JK's younger generation peaceful.

Authorities suspended mobile internet services in Kashmir and cellphone service in some areas of southern Kashmir, fearing activists would mobilize anti-India protests in the region.


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