Displaying unprecedented savagery and viciousness, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists mangled the faces of six policemen, including one officer riddling their faces with bullets at Thajiwara village in Achabal town of Anantnag district on Friday.
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. Both had joined militancy after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani previous year. He was immediately rushed to the district hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Clashes erupted between protesters and government forces in downtown area of Srinagar on Friday after Friday congregational prayers.
Police had laid a cordon around a house in Malik Mohalla in Arwani village at 8 am on Friday following an intelligence tip off about the presence of three militants there.
According to the police, Junaid was a district commander and involved in a number of terror activities, including three attacks on policemen. The militants hurled grenades inside the police jeep and opened heavy automatic gunfire killing the five, including the officer on the spot.
The bodies were recovered by a troop of 90 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Special Operation Group (SOG) and Rashtriya Rifles. Sixth police official succumbed to injuries as well.
“Our militants ambushed the vehicle in which six policemen including an SHO were killed“, a Srinagar based news gathering service KNS quoted LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznawi as saying.
Hundreds of locals attended the funerals of the slain LeT militants as they were buried in their respective hometowns in Pampore, Shopian and Kulgam.
Sub-Inspector Feroz Dar was martyred in an ambush by terrorists in Anantnag district.
In an e-mailed statement LeT spokesman, Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi while quoting the outfit chief, Mehmood Shah said, “These sacrifices won’t go in vain”.
National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to brief him on the latest security situation in the Valley.