Horrific killing of cops in Anantnag a 'setback': Defence Experts

Five policemen and over a dozen civilians were injured in the violent incidents as panic gripped the Valley over the massive bloodletting. Indian Army has been moved out and was combing the area, officials said.

The terrorists, after the ambush was over, got into the police vehicle and sprayed bullets at the bodies from point blank range to disfigure them.

The security forces were complimenting each other on the death of the LeT commander, but within hours, a group of 10-15 heavily armed LeT militants ambushed a vehicle carrying six policemen, including station house officer (SHO) of Achabal police station in Anantnag district.

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.

After Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, a close associate of Burhan Wani, was killed in an encounter on May 27, Mattoo is the second big success for Indian security forces.

Kashmiri protesters clash with Indian policemen in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 16, 2017.

The combing operations are underway in the area.


Some of the militants also fired from within the crowd indiscriminately on the security forces engaged in the encounter.

Reports said before the burial of the commander four funeral prayers were offered by mourners, who came to the village from all areas around the village and even from other parts of south Kashmir.

Matoo succeeded Majid Zargar after the later along with his associate was killed in an encounter in the same village (Arwani) in November a year ago.

Earlier during the day a gunfight was triggered in Aarwani village of the district. The injured civilians Muzaffar Jan and Farooq Haji were shifted to Srinagar for treatment. The three had taken refuge inside a house in Arwani village.

While trains running between Baramulla and Bannihal towns were halted, the Kashmir University postponed its examinations scheduled for Saturday.

As a result of the casualties, the separatists called for a protest shutdown and authorities imposed section 144 in south Kashmir. She said that violence and the killing of the innocent people would only push the state towards destruction and uncertainty rather than peace.

"Civil society should rise to the occasion to make the future of J&K's younger generation peaceful", she said. Commercial activities and public transport services were also suspended.

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