Top LeT commander killed in encounter

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The other two slain militants were identified as Nasir Wani of Heff village of Shopian and Adil Mushtaq Mir of Frestbal Pampore.

All three terrorists belonged to the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba. The attack came hours after LeT commander Junaid Mattoo was killed on Friday. They had joined the militancy a year ago, said the police.

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), banning the assembly of four or more people, was imposed in south Kashmir's Kulgam and Anantang today, a day after (LeT) militants ambushed a police jeep and killed six policemen to avenge the killing of Mattoo by security forces on Friday. He had a meteoric rise within the Lashkar group and was appointed commander for South Kashmir after he killed two policemen in broad daylight at Anantnag bus stand in June a year ago.

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Complete strike on the call of resistance leadership was observed in Kashmir region on Saturday to protest the killings of three militants and two civilians during gunfights. Shops, public transport and educational institutions remained closed.

According to GNS correspondent, hundreds of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personal in riot gear and armed with assault rifles were deployed across the Old City areas falling under five police station including Khanyar, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Nowhatta and Khanyar to enforce restrictions. "It is because of the stubborn and rigid approach of the New Delhi towards Kashmir and its people that killing of innocent civilian has become a daily feature".

Militants fighting to end Indian rule of Kashmir have stepped up attacks in recent weeks on government forces patrolling the area as counter-insurgency operations intensify. Militants also paid gun salute to Adil.

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State police chief S.P. Vaid said the group of six policemen had been on a routine patrol when their SUV was ambushed at Thajiwara Achabal in Anantnag district.

The unrest spread to neighbouring villages as thousands of residents clashed with government forces, hurling stones and chanting: "We want freedom" and "Go India, go back". Six policemen were brutally killed; their faces were disfigured with dozens of bullets sprayed at them from point blank range.

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