Violence kills 6 policemen, 2 civilians in Indian-controlled Kashmir

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

The policemen were killed when militants ambushed a vehicle carrying them Friday evening at Thajiwara - Achabal village in Anantnag district, about 65 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Matoo succeeded Majid Zargar after the later along with his associate was killed in an encounter in the same village (Arwani) in November a year ago.

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 three militants were residents of south Kashmir and two had joined militancy during last year's unrest.

Earlier, 10 terrorists turned up at the funeral of Nasir Wani, another of the three militants who were killed.

Besides, three militants, two civilians were also killed near the encounter site yesterday when security forces fired on protestors during clashes in the area.

People raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans during the funerals.

On Friday morning, joint forces launched cordon around few residential house in Arwani, where he and his two associates were hiding. Militants also paid gun salute to Adil.

A police official said restrictions were imposed in areas falling under six police stations in Srinagar and parts of Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag districts to maintain law and order and foil protests.

Citing how the security arrangement has been strengthened also keeping in mind the annual Amarnath Yatra, Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rajiv R. Bhatnagar said, "For the Amarnath Yatra, we have made the comprehensive arrangements".

All shops and other business establishments remained closed in the town while public transport is off the roads. Two locals were killed in firing.

  • Leroy Wright