LeT leader, 2 civilians among 14 killed in Kashmir unrest

Two terrorists, Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Junaid Mattoo and his aide, have been gunned down by the Indian Army, Special Operations Group and CRPF in an encounter in Kulgam this Friday.

. Burhan's successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was killed in encounter with security forces in a village in Tral in south Kashmir last month.

"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.

Nasir Wani and Adil had joined the militant group previous year.

"Three militants were killed in gunfight at Aarwani village", Indian army spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said, "The bodies have been recovered this morning along with three assault rifles".

Earlier on May 28, militants attacked a police party at Phambai area of Kulgam in South Kashmir, killing five policemen and two bank guards.

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"Junaid was also involved in the killing of an assistant sub-inspector and a constable near a bus stand in Anantnag a year ago", he said.

24-year-old Mattoo joined militancy in June 2015. Clashes also erupted around the area in which the forces fired at the protesters.

APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was once again placed under house detention also paid tributes to the slain militants and civilians. During the operation, militants present in the area fired upon the search parties with automatic weapons.

The other problem for security forces, he said, has been the growing crowds at the funerals of slain militants which not only indicates a groundswell for separatism, they often try to provide cover for holed up ultras during encounters.

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. The incident took place this evening when Feroz Ahmed, a 2010 batch Sub-Inspector, was on his way to the police station at Achabal after completing his duty in Anantnag.

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