Kashmir: Bodies of Lashkar commander Junaid Matoo and two militants recovered

Two civilians, one of them a teenager, were killed after security forces opened fire at a crowd marching towards the encounter site.

Earlier Bodies of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Junaid Ahmad Mattoo and two others were recovered on Saturday from the encounter site in Arwani village of South Kashmir.

Mattoo had gained notoriety after he shot dead two policemen in broad daylight at the busy Anantnag bus stand in June 2016.

Reports said before the burial of the commander four funeral prayers were offered by mourners, who came to the village from all areas around the village and even from other parts of south Kashmir.

"He was involved in killing of police Constable at Bogund, Kulgam on 15th of this month". 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. A young man has been killed and several others injured in anti-India clashes that erupted after a gunbattle between rebels and government forces in the Indian-controlled portion of disputed Kashmir.

The cordon and search operation started at around 8am in Malik Mohalla of Arwani, area of Kulgam around 55 kms from Srinagar, which triggered a gun battle between forces and the militants.

He was a resident of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiri protesters clash with Indian policemen in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 16, 2017.

Suspected militants ambushed a police patrol in the town of Achhabal, killing five police personnel, a top police officer said.

Separatist leaders who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir called for a general strike on Saturday to protest the killings. Traffic remained off the roads and train services in south Kashmir were suspended.

Simultaneously, militants in another part of the state laid an ambush and killed six policemen, including a Station House Officer (SHO) of the Achabal police station.

Matoo, who carried a bounty of Rs. ten lakh on his head, made headlines by attacking a police van and killing three policemen previous year and was involved in several attacks on security forces.

  • Leroy Wright