Militants fire at Army convoy in Kashmir, no casualty reported

Marie Harrington
June 19, 2017

In yet another militant attack within three weeks, terrorists on Friday ambushed a police party on the outskirts of Anantnag district of south Kashmir and killed six policemen, including a station house officer of Achabal area.

The gunfight between militants and government forces broke out Friday morning at village Aarwani of Anantnag district, about 46 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. Two civilians were killed after forces opened fire to disperse protesters marching towards the encounter site to help the militants escape.

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.

Officials said that the militants took away rifles from the slain policemen. The militants also disfigured their bodies. The three militants were residents of south Kashmir and two had joined militancy during last year's unrest. The militant organization Lashkar-e-Toiba claimed responsibility of the one of the deadliest attacks on the police in recent times.

The ambush occurred at a time when a prolonged encounter between security forces and terrorists was underway in Arwani village of Bijbehara in the same district.

According to police, Matoo was involved in several militant attacks and killings of policemen, while as Wani and Mir had joined militant ranks previous year.

Meanwhile, a youth shot by some suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday succumbed to the injuries in a hospital here on Sunday, officials said.

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Kashmiris clash with Indian forces in Srinagar. Mattoo was trapped for more than eight hours with two other local Lashkar terrorists in a joint operation conducted by Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF to nab the terrorists.

Reports from the area said the security forces used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to blast the two houses where the militants had been hiding.

Mattoo, according to intelligence agencies, had on Thursday killed police constable Sajjad Ahmad at Kulgam, who was vacationing at home.

Authorities suspended mobile internet services in Kashmir and cellphone service in some areas of southern Kashmir, fearing activists would mobilize anti-India protests in the region.

During yesterday's encounter, two civilians were also killed.

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

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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