J&K: Dead bodies of 3 terrorists including LeT commander, weapons recovered

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Six policemen, including a Station House Officer of the Achabal police station, were killed when militants ambushed their vehicle at Thajiwara Achabal in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on June 16 (Friday) evening.

Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba has claimed responsibility for the attack, police said, adding it seems they wanted to take revenge of the Arwani encounter in which their local commander Junaid Mattoo is believed to have died. While the government forces were trying to lay cordon of the village, young men hit roads and threw stones and brickbats towards policemen, apparently in a bid to help militants break through the siege.

The protests erupted shortly after Friday prayers and were going on when reports last came in, officials said.

Two bodies were recovered yesterday from the same area.

Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said restrictions were imposed in the areas of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal to maintain law and order.

"The condition of three fully devastated residential houses at Arwani all their household goods burnt down to ashes is a glaring example of the Indian establishment against the Kashmiri people".

Mattoo, a notorious militant was LeT district commander and took part in a number of militant activities. Two civilians were also injured in the attack. In another incident, two car-borne persons were shot at and injured when Army allegedly opened fire on their vehicle at a checkpoint in north Kashmir's Bandipora area.

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"He was involved in killing of police Constable at Bogund, Kulgam on 15th of this month".

"The situation is so grim that the youth fearless naked bullets of the Indian forces to save the lives of militants who are their heroes".

Ahmed, 32, was a resident of Dogripura in Awantipora and has two daughters aged six and two.

Sub-Inspector Feroz Dar was martyred in an ambush by terrorists in Anantnag district.

They said mourners jostled to touch the faces of militants as they fired in the air.

Separatist leaders who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir called for a general strike on Saturday to protest the killings. A senior police officer said this was the first such terror attack on the security forces since the advent of militancy in Kashmir in 1990.