Kashmir: Bodies of Lashkar commander Junaid Matoo and two militants recovered

Lance Nichols
June 19, 2017

Two civilians were also injured in the attack.

Another one lost his life on Friday during an encounter between security forces and militants in Arwani village in south Kashmir's Bijbehara area. While the cordon was being tightened, an exchange of fire took place as terrorists attempted to break the cordon and flee the area.

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

The youth was taken to district hospital Kulgam where doctors declared him dead on arrival. Another civilian Ahsan Ahmad, 14, who has received bullet injuries on his chest, also succumbed to injuries.

As a result of the casualties, the separatists called for a protest shutdown and authorities imposed section 144 in south Kashmir.

Mattoo was killed along with two of his associates in Arwani village of the district district in a gunfight with the security forces on Friday.

Earlier Bodies of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Junaid Ahmad Mattoo and two others were recovered on Saturday from the encounter site in Arwani village of South Kashmir.

Officials say dozens of youth have joined the rebel ranks since last July after a popular rebel leader was killed by security forces, sparking months of wide-scale protests in the territory. The government forces used IED's to blast two houses where militants were suspected to be hiding.

The combing operations are underway in the area.

While trains running between Baramulla and Bannihal towns were halted, the Kashmir University postponed its examinations scheduled for Saturday. A young man has been killed and several others injured in anti-India clashes that erupted after a gunbattle between rebels and government forces in the Indian-controlled portion of disputed Kashmir. The militants also killed two policemen on Thursday in Kulgam and Srinagar.

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

They said mourners jostled to touch the faces of militants as they fired in the air. "The pure blood of martyrs shall prove to be the death for India".

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