Jammu and Kashmir: 6 policemen killed in Anantnag terrorist attack

  • Jammu and Kashmir: 6 policemen killed in Anantnag terrorist attack

Jammu and Kashmir: 6 policemen killed in Anantnag terrorist attack

Two civilians, including a teenage boy, were killed when security forces fired at hundreds of villagers who marched to the site of the shootout to help the rebels escape, he added.

The attack took place within hours of the killing of a top LeT militant, Junaid Mattoo, elsewhere in Anantnag district.

Mohammad Ashraf, a 22-year-old resident of nearby Kharpora, was the first civilian casualty of the day when he was shot dead by forces during the clashes.

Many civilians also have received injuries in ongoing clashes between security forces and protesters erupted during search and cordon operation in Arwani.

Police officials said militants in the region have been targeting policemen guarding houses of politicians and other protected people to snatch rifles, in wake of weapons shortage within the militant ranks. Dozens of protesters are reportedly injured in the clashes in the area. "That they were killed is bad enough, that they were disfigured is dastardly, cowardly & to my recollection unprecedented in recent years".

In Sopore, youth assembled near Markazi Jamia Masjid Sopore and raised pro-freedom slogans.

As the siege was laid around the area where militants were hiding, large number of protesters hit to roads and tried to hamper the operation against the militants. Several people were injured in the troops' action.

Witnesses said that as the protests intensified, government forces used all tactics to disperse the agitated protesters.

Reports said that Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel were withdrawing from the area when they came under stone-pelting.

J&K Director General of Police S P Vaid told The Indian Express that militants ambushed the vehicle of SHO Achabal at Thajiwara.

"The injured policemen were hospitalised".