Horrific killing of cops in Anantnag a 'setback': Defence Experts

A group of militants attacked an Army convoy in south Kashmir's Anantnag district today.

Suspected rebels in India-administered Kashmir ambushed and shot dead six policemen on Friday even as Indian soldiers killed two civilians and two rebels in a separate gun battle, officials and local media said.

The combing operations are underway in the area.

Bodies of the three were recovered in the morning on Saturday.

In recent years, Kashmiris, mainly youths, have displayed open solidarity with anti-India rebels and sought to protect them by engaging troops in street clashes during military operations against the militants.

Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Sources said that a joint party of police, Army and paramilitary CRPF cordoned off Arwani village in south Kashmir in the wee hours of Friday following specific input on the presence of terrorists in a hideout. Junaid and two other terrorists were trapped in a building in Anantnag's Arwani on Friday and killed in an encounter.

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Junaid, a notorious militant was district commander and took part in a number of militant activities. In another incident, a policeman and a civilian protester injured on Thursday in Hyderpora and Rangreth areas of Srinagar succumbed to injuries in the hospital around midnight.

In 2016, Mattoo killed two police officials in Anantnag with a video of him fleeing the spot with an AK 47 going viral.

According to KNS correspondent, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in parts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama districts against these killings.

In an e-mailed statement LeT spokesman, Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi while quoting the outfit chief, Mehmood Shah said, "These sacrifices won't go in vain".

Meanwhile, separatists called for a general strike on June 18 against the killing of civilians and ransacking of properties allegedly by security forces.

Soon after the encounter started train services between Baramullah and Banihal were suspended and all the exams scheduled on June 17, in wake of the strike, have been postponed.

A civilian identified as Muhammad Ashraf Khar, 22, was killed in clashes between the security forces and a stone pelting mob which gathered near the encounter site.

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