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Bodies of three militants recovered in Kashmir

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said today that the killing of six policemen in a terrorist ambush in Kashmir was an act of “cowardice”. Two civilians were also killed.Mattoo, a notorious militant was LeT district commander and took part in a number of militant activities.Khar, a resident of Kharpora Arwani area, was rushed to the district hospital at Bijbehara where he was declared brought dead, police said.Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander, Junaid Mattoo and his two associates were killed in a gunfight with forces in Islamabad district. They also disfigured faces of the slain cops. The militants also shouted slogans at the funeral of Nasir and later vanished from the scene.However, official confirmation was awaited as the body has not yet been recovered. He was involved in the killing of a police constable on Thursday in Kulgam’s Bogund area and also in the killing of an assistant sub-inspector and a constable near a bus stand in Anantnag a year ago, police said.After the incident, clashes broke out between protesters and security forces at almost a dozen places in the Valley, including downtown Srinagar, Tral, Pampore, Pulwama town and Anantnag in south Kashmir, Hajin in Bandipora and Sopore in Baramulla in north Kashmir.State police chief S.P. Vaid said the group of six policemen had been on a routine patrol when their SUV was ambushed at Thajiwara Achabal in Anantnag district.Heavy contingents of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed across valley.Mattoo was active from last two years and carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh. Shops and educational institutions were closed, and public transport was not running in these places.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. This resulted in the loss of life of a 22-year-old civilian while injuring another.