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

Militants fighting to end Indian rule of Kashmir have stepped up attacks in recent weeks on government forces patrolling the area as counter-insurgency operations intensify.

A group of militants attacked an Army convoy in south Kashmir's Anantnag district today.

One of the slain policemen was identified as Feroz Ahmad.

Local media reports said militants looted the service rifles of policemen following the attack. Police said the militants were firing on police and army positions from these houses.

Mattoo is third top militant killed in Valley after killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8, last year.

According to police, Nasir and Adil had joined militancy a year ago and were involved in militant activities in south Kashmir.

The security forces were also fired upon from the crowd that was indulging in stone pelting, police said, adding that the Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were desperate to save Mattoo.

J&K DGP S P Vaid termed Junadi's killing as a major achievement for forces and a jolt for Lashkar.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday condemned terrorist attack on a police party in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag in which as many as six police personnel were killed.

Meanwhile, normal life in Valley was affected by the strike called by separatists and restrictions imposed by authorities to maintain law and order.

Khar, a resident of Kharpora Arwani area, was rushed to the district hospital at Bijbehara where he was declared brought dead, police said.

Citing how the security arrangement has been strengthened also keeping in mind the annual Amarnath Yatra, Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rajiv R. Bhatnagar said, "For the Amarnath Yatra, we have made the comprehensive arrangements". Shops and educational institutions were closed, and public transport was not running in these places.

During Friday's encounter, two civilians were also killed.