Jammu and Kashmir: 6 policemen killed in Anantnag terrorist attack

The militants killed in encounter were been identified as Junaid Matto, Nasir Wani and Adil Mushtaq Mir.

The third Friday of the holy month of Ramzan turned out to be the bloodiest day as an SHO among six policemen, two terrorists, including senior LeT commander Junaid Mattoo, and two civilians died in separate incidents of violence across Kashmir Valley.

According to police, Matoo was involved in several militant attacks and killings of policemen, while as Wani and Mir had joined militant ranks past year.

Mattoo had joined the Lashkar at the age of 18.

"The situation is so grim that the youth courageous naked bullets of the Indian forces to save the lives of militants who are their heroes".

LeT militant outfit has claimed responsibility of the attack.

"The bodies of the three militants who were killed in an encounter with police and security forces in Arwani village were recovered", a police spokesman said.

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At least five militants appeared in the funeral, which was attended by thousands of people, and offered a gun-salute. The funeral prayers were held at a local ground where mourners, who braved the heat and fasts, and continued to pour in from various parts of south Kashmir.

Police officials said militants in the region have been targeting policemen guarding houses of politicians and other protected people to snatch rifles, in wake of a weapons shortage within the militant ranks. The militants also killed two policemen on Thursday in Kulgam and Srinagar. The militants also shouted slogans at the funeral of Nasir and later vanished from the scene.

State police chief S.P. Vaid said the group of six policemen had been on a routine patrol when their SUV was ambushed at Thajiwara Achabal in Anantnag district.

Meanwhile, normal life in Valley was affected by the strike called by separatists and restrictions imposed by authorities to maintain law and order.

India on Friday lost its six courageous sons as militants ambushed a police party at Achabal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.

The security forces were also fired upon from the crowd that was indulging in stone pelting, police said, adding that the Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were desperate to save Mattoo.

In summer capital Srinagar, nearly all the shops, and commercial establishments and were closed in the Civil Lines areas of the City.

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