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.
Besides, three militants, two civilians were also killed near the encounter site yesterday when security forces fired on protestors during clashes in the area.
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. In the morning itself, a civilian identified as Mohammad Ashraf Khar, 34, was killed in the crossfire between the forces and the militants. A resident of Khudwan village in Kulgam, Mattoo joined a militant group at the age of 18 in June 2015 and has been active in terrorist activities since then.
Lashkar has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is being seen as retaliation to a day-long encounter that killed Mattoo. The incident took place this evening when Feroz Ahmed, a 2010 batch Sub-Inspector, was on his way to the police station at Achabal after completing his duty in Anantnag.
Protests also erupted in Pulwama and Tral areas in south Kashmir against the killing of a civilian in Arwani village of Anantnag district. "In the firing exchange Naik Bakhtawar Singh was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries while being evacuated to the military hospital". Large deployments were made in all sensitive locations in Srinagar and parts of south Kashmir.More news: Iraqi troops launch battle for last IS stronghold in Mosul
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Security forces cordoned off the area and a search operation was on, the official said.
Authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley as the separatists have called for a protest shutdown on Saturday.
Suspected terrorists fired upon an Indian Army vehicle in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
"He was involved in killing of police Constable at Bogund, Kulgam on 15th of this month". The operation to flush out militants was going on, he said.
While trains running between Baramulla and Bannihal towns were halted, the Kashmir University postponed its examinations scheduled for Saturday.