3 militants, 2 civilians killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

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Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba is believed to be behind the ambush, a senior police official said, adding they wanted to take revenge for the Arwani encounter in which their local commander, Junaid Mattoo, is believed to have died. While there was confirmation of two terrorists being killed, the latest update from Kashmir states in total three bodies have been recovered. The militants also killed two policemen on Thursday in Kulgam and Srinagar.

Some people had started pelting stones on the security personnel immediately after the security forces laid a cordon around the house, located in densely populated Malik Mohalla of the village.

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

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. This resulted in the loss of life of a 22-year-old civilian while injuring another. The government forces used IED's to blast two houses where militants were suspected to be hiding.

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In a brazen display which shows how the Valley has been pushed back to the turmoil days of the "90's, groups of militants appeared in south Kashmir on Saturday to offer 'gun salutes" to their fallen comrades. The victims were travelling in a police jeep on the Anantnag-Achabal road when the incident occurred.

Tens of thousands of people on Saturday participated in the funeral prayers of slain Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Junaid Mattoo in Khudwani village of Qaimoh tehsil of Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The spokesman said Junaid was also involved in the killing of a Sub Inspector (SI) and constable near bus stand Anantnag a year ago.

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir: Violence in disputed Kashmir on Friday killed nine people, including six policemen, two civilians and a militant.

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The search operation was also hampered after six policemen including an officer Feroz Ahmed Dar were killed at Achabal area, 20 km south of the encounter site.

Mattoo is third top militant killed in Valley after killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8, last year. Two injured persons succumbed to their injuries later on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Banihal Baramulla rail services remained suspended today in view of prevailing situation.

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