JK policemen killed in Achabal ambush, terrorists disfigure faces

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

The attack came hours after LeT commander Junaid Mattoo was killed on Friday.

Similar reports were also received from Heff village of Shopian district where at least ten militants appeared at the funeral of slain LeT militant Nasir Wani and offered 'gun salute.' "First, two militants appeared at the funeral which was attended by thousands of people". The three were local cadres of LeT.

Addressing mourners at Kulgam and Pampore through telephone, Geelani paid tributes to the militants and civilians killed during Arwani gunfight, a statement issued by Hurriyat Conference said.

Locals said three houses were damaged completely during the stand-off.

Junaid Mattoo, a resident of Khudwani village in Kulgam, was acting as the district commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba, police said.

Officials say dozens of youth have joined the freedom fighters since last July after a popular freedom leader was killed by security forces, sparking months of wide-scale protests in the territory.

A young man and a teenager were killed after being hit by bullets, and several others were left wounded.

"Acting on specific information, police along with 1 RR and 90 Bn CRPF launched an operation in Makro Mohalla of Arwani Bijbehara".


During Friday's encounter, two civilians were also killed.

He said militants involved in killing of six policemen including SHO at Achabal area of Anantnag district yesterday would be tracked and brought to book. "Some of the militants also fired from within the crowd indiscriminately on the security forces engaged in the encounter", said the spokesman.

He was caught on camera fleeing from the spot after the attack along with another militant.

Friday's attack comes despite an alert issued by police in wake of an increase in militant attacks in districts especially south of Srinagar.

The militants started indiscriminate firing at the police party using their assault rifles.

A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in the region since 1989.

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

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