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Violence in Kashmir kills 9

“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.Ahsan Mushtaq, 15, was also killed after he was hit by bullets near the site of the encounter, the police said. In the attack, all the policemen were killed.Mattoo was active from last two years and carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh. Mattoo had joined militant ranks in 2015 and was made Lashkar district commander after the killing of Majid Zarger.A group of militants attacked an Army convoy in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district today.”The condition of three fully devastated residential houses at Arwani all their household goods burnt down to ashes is a glaring example of the Indian establishment against the Kashmiri people”.Funeral of commander Junaid Mattoo held at his ancestral village in Khudwani of Qaimoh tehsil of Anantnag district. Such was the rush of the mourners that eight rounds of funeral prayers were held for Mattoo.One of the slain policemen was identified as Feroz Ahmad.J&K DGP S P Vaid termed Junadi’s killing as a major achievement for forces and a jolt for Lashkar.SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir: Violence in disputed Kashmir on Friday killed nine people, including six policemen, two civilians and a militant.Meanwhile, normal life in Valley was affected by the strike called by separatists and restrictions imposed by authorities to maintain law and order. After the fire tenders doused the raging flames, police and other security forces, which were already embattled by stone pelters, began a search operation in the rubble.The incident took place in Anantnag’s Thajiwara Achabal area.Parts of the state were closed on Saturday, after the killings on Friday.Two civilians were killed in security forces firing on protestors near encounter site at Arwani yesterday while another civilian was killed in SSB men’s firing after minor stone pelting at Rangreth area in outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday evening.