Earlier today, two terrorists were killed in a similar encounter in Kulgam district by security forces. "It was a desperate attempt by the militants in wake of actions taken against them by the security forces", Agha told ANI.
The attack came hours after security forces killed two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in Arwani village of south Kashmir.
However, reports said no body has been recovered from the encounter site, and intermittent firing was on till late evening, indicating some militants were alive. Five police personnel, including Sub-Inspector Feroz Ahmad, were killed and another was injured. He joined the LeT on 3 July, 2015 and he is among the new age Kashmiri militants who joined the LeT instead of the Hizbul Mujahideen.
According to a local English daily Greater Kashmir, six policemen including a Station House Officer were killed in a militant attack in southern Achabal area. He was put in the list of 12 most wanted militants in the Valley right now by the Army. It was not immediately clear whether Ashraf was hit during the protest in the village or by a stray bullet.
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Furthermore, in a separate incidence here Sajjad Ahmad constable with J&K police died after being injured in an attack by militants on a police patrol at Hyderpora in Srinagar. Two civilians received bullet injuries but were reported to be out of danger.
Officials said clashes also broke out between protesters and security forces at almost a dozen places in the Valley, including Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, Tral, Pampore, Pulwama town and Anantnag in south Kashmir, Hajin in Bandipora and Sopore in Baramulla in north Kashmir. "One youth was injured", they added.
The incident saw immediate reaction from political parties including former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah who blamed the PDP-BJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti for the present crisis.
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