LeT leader, 2 civilians among 14 killed in Kashmir unrest

LeT leader, 2 civilians among 14 killed in Kashmir unrest

Those killed include Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Junaid Matoo, two other militants, two civilians, eight policemen and one soldier.

All the policemen, including Ahmed, died on the spot, senior police officials said.

On Friday when Matoo and his two associates were trapped in Arwani village, hundreds of people, especially youth, tried to march towards the encounter site to help them escape the security cordon.

Addressing mourners at Kulgam and Pampore through telephone, Geelani paid tributes to the militants and civilians killed during Arwani gunfight, a statement issued by Hurriyat Conference said.

In a separate incident, two civilians including a 14-year-old boy were killed, when Indian forces opened fire at a pro-independence protest in south Kashmir.

"The bodies of the three militants who were killed in an encounter with police and security forces in Arwani village were recovered", a police spokesman said. In this ambush, the Station House Officer identified as Sub Inspector Feroz, a resident of Pulwama, fell victim to indiscriminate firing from militants, Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI.

The other two militants - Nasir Wani and Adil Mushtaq Mir - were new to militancy, having joined the terror group previous year.

A reward of Rs 10 lakh has been announced for anybody providing information on Wani and his fellow-militants.

All shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and educational institutions in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley remained closed while public transport was off the roads in response to the shutdown called by separatist leaders against killing of civilians by security personnel. Srinagar district magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said curfew was clamped in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal areas to maintain law and order.

Train services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns were suspended.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the policemen were killed because democracy is denied in Jammu and Kashmir. The terrorist was involved in several attacks on security forces in south Kashmir. No injuries have been reported so far and no terrorist group claimed the responsibility for the attack yet.