Miltant Killed, Cop Injured In Anantnag Shootout

SRINAGAR — A militant was killed and a policeman wounded in a brief shootout in Achabal area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

A police spokesman said that militants attacked a police picket at Achabal in district Anantnag late last night. “However, the attack was successfully repulsed by the alert cops on duty at the picket,” he said.

In the retaliatory action, one militant was killed, he said.

“The weapon of the militant was also recovered from the site of the attack,” said the spokesman.

The killed militant was identified as Bilal Ahmad son of Abdul Ahad Bhat from Tatripora Yaripora of district Kulgam.”

Bilal had joined the LeT militant outfit three months before, said the spokesman. “His involvement was also established in a weapon snatching case earlier. He was involved in carrying out attacks on the security forces and civilian atrocities in the area.”

A policeman injured in the attack was evacuated to the nearby hospital for medical attention. “He is stated to be stable now,” said the spokesman, adding that two cars seized by the police which were “apparently” used by the militants.

“Police has registered a case in this regard and investigation in the instant matter is in progress.”

Meanwhile, at least four rounds of funeral prayers were held for slain Lashkar-e-Toiba militant in Yaripora area.

Reports said three back-to-back funerals were held to accommodate thousands of people who had marched to Tantraypora village of Yaripora to take part in his last rites.

An eye witness said that several militants surfaced during the funeral and offered a gun salute to Bilal.

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