J&K: Bodies of 3 militants killed in Anantnag encounter found

Police had laid a cordon around a house in Malik Mohalla in Arwani village at 8 AM yesterday following an intelligence tip off about the presence of three militants there.

Police officials said militants in the region have been targeting policemen guarding houses of politicians and other protected people to snatch rifles, in wake of weapons shortage within the militant ranks.

"The local police works on the anti-militancy front with eagerness, that is why they (militants) are targeting them (police)".

Meanwhile, two civilians were killed after they joined protests during a search operation in south Kashmir's Arwani village, The Indian Express reported.

According to police, Nasir and Adil had joined militancy past year and were involved in militant activities in south Kashmir. "It was a desperate attempt by the militants in wake of actions taken against them by the security forces", Agha told ANI.

Ahsan Mushtaq (15) and Mohammad Ashraf Khar (34) were killed after being hit by bullets near the site of an ongoing encounter between militants and security forces at Arwani village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, a police official said.

A guerrilla war has been going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in the region since 1989. The police department had issued an advisory, asking policemen from south Kashmir to avoid visiting their villages in view of the threats, said the media reports.

The policemen were found with their faces mutilated beyond recognition as the terrorists fired at them even after they were dead, all over the bodies, including their faces. Army has been called out to undertake a combing operation in the area. "In the firing exchange Naik Bakhtawar Singh was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries while being evacuated to the military hospital".

Kashmir has been divided between the arch rivals since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both claim the Himalayan territory in full. Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the predominantly Muslim Kashmir, one of the world's most heavily militarised areas, where most people favour independence or a merger with Pakistan.

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