Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Gun salute for Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists killed in south Kashmir

Reports said that at least five militants appeared in the funeral, which was attended by thousands of people, and offered a gun-salute.

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir: Violence in disputed Kashmir on Friday killed nine people, including six policemen, two civilians and a militant. Those killed include Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Junaid Matoo, two other militants, two civilians, eight policemen and one soldier.

Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in huge numbers on the roads around Srinagar.

After Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, a close associate of Burhan Wani, was killed in an encounter on May 27, Mattoo is the second big success for Indian security forces.

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"We salute their valor and passion", Malik said while paying tributes to Junaid Matto, Nasir Wani, Adil Mushtaq, Mohammad Ashraf and Ashan Mushtaq, the militants and civilians killed at Arwani.

In a statement issued here Saturday Jama'at said that the forces personnel have been given "license to kill Kashmiri youth at random and destroy their properties so as to devastate them economically too". Shops and educational institutions were closed, and public transport was not running in these places.

The house was cordoned off by security forces at 8 a.m. after which they waited for two hours before the firing by the terrorists began at 10 a.m.

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The militants fired some shots at the army vehicles in Bijbehara area and fled from the spot, a police official said. Mattoo was believed to be active for the past two years and carried a bounty of Rs10 lakh on his head.

"Army men thrashed several persons and smashed windowpanes of houses and parked vehicles after a minor stone-pelting incident", a local said.

It was not immediately known why the militants targeted the civilian, he said.

"When the encounter was on an unruly mob instigated by the militants started pelting stones with an intention to disturb the operation and give chance to holed up militants to escape".

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

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