Indian troops claim killing LeT commander in Kashmir

Giving details about the encounter, he said acting on a specific information about the presence of militants, State police along with Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 90 Batallion CRPF launched a joint search operation in Makro Mohalla Arwani at Bijbehara in south Kashmir yesterday.

Matoo's body was taken to his native village this morning, reports said.

24-year-old Mattoo joined militancy in June 2015. Sub-inspector Feroz Ahmed Dar, four policeman and their driver were killed when their jeep was attacked by a group of 10-15 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in Achabal in Anantnag district.

"The condition of three fully devastated residential houses at Arwani all their household goods burnt down to ashes is a glaring example of the Indian establishment against the Kashmiri people".

According to police, Nasir and Adil had joined militancy a year ago and were involved in militant activities in south Kashmir.

"This evening militants attacked a police vehicle near Achabal here, killing six policemen including their officer on spot", a police official told Xinhua.

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He said some of the militants also fired from within the crowd indiscriminately on the security forces engaged in the encounter.

Thousands of people also attended the funeral prayers of two other militants -- Adil at Frestbal, Pampore and Nasir at Heff village of Shopian respectively.

J&K DGP S P Vaid termed Junadi's killing as a major achievement for forces and a jolt for Lashkar.

Militants had attacked a police party at Phambai in South Kashmir on May 28, killing five policemen and two bank guards.

Two civilians, including a teenage boy, were killed when security forces fired at hundreds of villagers who marched to the site of the shootout to help the militants escape, he added. The attacks that took place at Achabal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir showed a unsafe trend of attacking not just the army but local police officials in the valley.

The separatists' shutdown and the authorities' restrictions impacted daily life in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday. Srinagar district magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said curfew was clamped in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal areas to maintain law and order.

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