6 police killed in rebel ambush in Indian-controlled Kashmir

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As many as six policemen, including a sub-inspector were killed in a terrorist attack on a police party in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Friday.

Five terrorists came to the funeral of Junaid Mattoo, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Arwani village of Bijbihara in Anantnag District of south Kashmir.

The demonstration was held in Arwani village near a place where there was already a gun battle going on between the Indian forces and militants. Sources said the Army was checking vehicles in the area and the auto did not stop for checking.

The bodies of the three militants were recovered by the forces. Both had joined militancy after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani past year. Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to police, Matoo was involved in several militant attacks and killings of policemen, while as Wani and Mir had joined militant ranks past year.

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

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Kashmiri protesters clash with Indian policemen in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 16, 2017.

Condemning the killings and vandalizing of houses by government forces, Jama'at-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir Saturday said that the "reign of terror" signifies that Indian forces have been given a "mission Kashmir project" under which "they day in and day out are killing, injuring and maiming local population".

A police spokesman said acting on specific information, the police, along with 1 Rashtriya Rifles battalion and 90 Bn CRPF, launched an operation in Makro Mohalla of Arwani on Friday."During the operation, militants present in the area fired upon the search parties with automatic weapons".

Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for complete shutdown on July 17, against the killings of civilians stating that the government of India has unleashed war on the people of J&K.

Others who have been killed in the attack include constables Sharik Ahmad and Tanveer Ahmad (Budgam district), Sheraz Ahmad (Achabal), Asif Ahmad and Sabzar Ahmed (Anantnag). He was involved in the killing of a police constable at Bogund in Kulgam on June 15. The LeT had earlier uploaded a video on the social networking site warning local policemen to stay away from anti-militancy operations.

A civilian identified as Muhammad Ashraf Khar, 22, was killed in clashes between the security forces and a stone pelting mob which gathered near the encounter site.

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