J&K: Bodies of 3 militants killed in Anantnag encounter found

Ahsan Mushtaq (15) and Mohammad Ashraf Khar (34) were killed after being hit by bullets near the site of an ongoing encounter between militants and security forces at Arwani village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, a police official said.

"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.

The demonstration was held in Arwani village near a place where there was already a gun battle going on between the Indian forces and militants.

Reports said the LeT militants came in two vehicles and surrounded the jeep carrying SHO Feroz Ahmad Dar, and driver of the police jeep and four guards.

The bodies of the three militants were recovered by the forces. A resident of Khudwan village in Kulgam, Mattoo is joined LeT at the age of 18 and has been an active commander for the past two years. Terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is believed to be behind the attack, a senior police official said.

Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said restrictions were imposed in the areas of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal to maintain law and order.

Militants fighting to end Indian rule of Kashmir have stepped up attacks in recent weeks on government forces patrolling the area as counter-insurgency operations intensify.




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

Two cops were injured in the attack and were rushed to 92 Base Hospital of the Army.

Earlier on Thursday evening, another civilian Nazir Ahmad was killed in Rangreth area of Srinagar, when SSB personnel opened fire at protestors pelting stones.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Pulwama town in south Kashmir for the second consecutive day, today, against the killings of youth by Indian troops. Two civilian youths are also reported killed. There are speculations that the attack might have been carried out in retaliation to the killing of Mattoo.J&K Director General of Police SP Vaid said militants fired at the policemen from a close range."The close range firing disfigured the faces of martyed policemen", Vaid told the Tribune.

It was not immediately known why the militants targeted the civilian, he said.

Authorities on Friday again blocked high speed mobile Internet facility in the area fearing escalation in tempers over civilian killings.

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