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6 policemen killed in militant ambush in south Kashmir

17 June 2017, 11:30 | Kara Nash

Two Policeman Killed By Militants In Kashmir

A policeman was shot dead in Bogund village of Kulgam in south Kashmir on Thursday

The militant organization Lashkar-e-Toiba claimed responsibility of the one of the deadliest attacks on the police in recent times.

While this encounter took place on Friday afternoon, militants in another part of the state laid an ambush and killed six policemen and also disfigured their bodies. A top-ranking LeT commander, along-with his aide, is believed to have been killed in the encounter.

Khan said a civilian protester was killed and at least five others were wounded in the crossfire between the government forces and rebels.

Unidentified officials told NDTV that the personnel were travelling in a vehicle when the militants opened fire.

University of Kashmir has postponed all examinations scheduled to for today in view of the prevailing situation.

Unconfirmed reports said two local cadres of LeT are trapped in the village. He carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head.

Nisar Ahmed, along with Matto, was also killed.

Defence sources confirmed that Mattoo and his associate were killed in the encounter.

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Earlier, security forces launched cordon and search operation in the village on the basis of a tip off about the presence of militants in the area.

Police said that they faced firing from the stone pelting crowd, as Lashkar tried their level best to save Mattoo. A teenager who was hit by bullet succumbed to injuries. He was declared brought dead. Clashes between forces and protesters erupted in Pampore, a small to town on the outskirts of Srinagar city towards the south. Massive clashes were going on in the area amidst massive pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Witnesses said that several civilians have got injured in the clashes. Separatist leaders called for a general strike on Saturday to protest the killings.

While Geelani and Mirwaiz have been put under house-arrest, Yasin Malik was taken into custody by the police ahead of the shutdown.

Yesterday, a policeman, identified as Shabir Ahmad Dar, was shot near his house in Boguld village.

"Civil society should rise to the occasion to make the future of J&K's younger generation peaceful", she said.

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. Junaid Mattoo was put in the list of 12 most wanted terrorists in the Valley right now by the Army.

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