6 policemen killed in militant ambush in south Kashmir

Geneva Matthews
June 19, 2017

A young man has been killed and several others injured in anti-India clashes that erupted after a gunbattle between rebels and government forces in the Indian-controlled portion of disputed Kashmir. The sudden attack left no room for the police party to retaliate before the attackers fled the scene. He was involved in Mirbazar police party attack where police official Mehmood attained martyrdom.

Even as this war of words goes on with one acerbic political attack after another, not one politician had the time to visit the families of the policemen killed in the attack or offer some solace. A top-ranking LeT commander, along-with his aide, is believed to have been killed in the encounter.

32-year-old Ahmed, a resident of Dogripura in Awantipora, was a father of two daughters aged six and two.

"It is because of the stubborn and rigid approach of the New Delhi towards Kashmir and its people that killing of innocent civilian has become a daily feature". However, train service on Srinagar-Badgam in the central Kashmir to Baramulla in northern Kashmir was running as per schedule.

He was caught on camera fleeing from the spot after the attack along with another militant. They had joined the militancy previous year, said the police. He was listed among the most-wanted terrorists in south Kashmir and had a bounty of Rs 10 lakh over his head.

"Friday's killing and mutilation of policemen has had a demoralising effect on cops", an officer who did not want to be named told TOI late on Friday.

While the forces killed Junaid and Muzamil Ahmad, a third terrorist seemed to have escaped under the cover provided by the stone-pelters.

He said police and paramilitary personnel were also deployed in strength in other sensitive and vulnerable areas of the Valley to prevent people from taking to roads, staging protests and pelting stones on security personnel. The security forces fired automatic weapons to chase away the protesters. "Whosoever comes near the encounter site can be hit by bullets". The injured were shifted to hospital. The area has now been cordoned off.

Earlier during the day a gunfight was triggered in Aarwani village of the district.

The protests erupted shortly after Friday prayers and were going on when reports last came in, officials said. Life in north Kashmir was completely normal.

Authorities have made a decision to impose restrictions in Srinagar and other sensitive places in the Valley on Saturday.

Bodies of three LeT militants including its District Commander Junaid Matoo killed in an encounter with police and security forces in Arwani area of Bijbehara have been recovered from the encounter site. A policeman Shabir Dar was killed by unknown assailants at his village Bogund in Kulgam district.

Suspected terrorists fired upon an Indian Army vehicle in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. "Dialogue with separatists is the only way forward", she said. Police said that the civilians died in cross-fire.

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