JK policemen killed in Achabal ambush, terrorists disfigure faces

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

J&K police on Saturday identified the three militants who were killed in Arwani village of Anantnag district after a day-long gunfight on Friday.

The All Partied Hurriyet Conference General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in a statement in Srinagar condemning the killing of the civilians described it the worst display of Indian state terrorism.

According to Indian media, Indian police have claimed the Kashmiri youth -Junaid Matoo was the top commander of (LeT) and was killed in an exchange of fire.

Nasir Wani and Adil had joined the militant group a year ago. He was involved in the killing of police Constable at Bogund on June 15th in Kulgam.

Meanwhile, six policemen including an officer were killed after militants attacked their vehicle on Friday evening at Thajiwara-Achabal village in the district.

The two armies have traded fire along the LoC nearly daily in recent weeks, killing civilians and soldiers on both sides while accusing each other of breaching a 2003 ceasefire agreement.

The separatists' shutdown and the authorities' restrictions impacted daily life in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday. The militants also disfigured their bodies. "Due to widespread support for militants these days, it is hard to make out who is a ultras and who is not", a police officer said.

He said some of the militants also fired from within the crowd indiscriminately on the security forces engaged in the encounter. In another incident, a policeman and a civilian protester injured on Thursday in Hyderpora and Rangreth areas of Srinagar succumbed to injuries in the hospital around midnight. Thousands of people took part in the funeral of slain terrorists as police handed over the bodies to their relatives. The incident took place when Feroz Ahmed, a 2010 batch sub-inspector, was on his way to Achabal police station after completing his duty in Anantnag. "They fired at the policemen from very close range and later escaped with five AK-47 rifles, " Vaid said, adding that the militants were the local Lashkar-e-Toiba module operating in the area.

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