According to reports, a youth identified as Muhammad Ashraf, a resident of Kharpora, sustained a bullet injury in his abdomen during the clashes near the encounter site in Arwani.
Earlier, top Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Junaid Mattoo is believed to be trapped in Arwani village of Bijbihara in Anantnag District of south Kashmir. Mattoo is believed to be holed up with two other local Lashker militants and a joint operation conducted by Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF is currently underway to nab the terrorists.
A joint team of Army, J-K police and CRPF has cordoned off Arwani village on specific input about presence of Lashker militants in the area today morning. As the cordon was being laid some youth assembled near the area and started pelting stones on security forces which resulted in clashes.
Junaid Mattoo was involved in a day light attack on a police van in which three policemen including an officer was killed last year. Mattoo’s involvement is also suspected in the killing of a policeman in Kulgam area of South Kashmir on Thursday afternoon.
Earlier on Thursday, two policemen were killed in two separate attacks by militants in the Kashmir Valley. Militants attacked a police party in the Hyderpora area of the city, at around 9.30 pm, by firing indiscriminately at a patrol party.
Two cops were injured in the attack and were rushed to 92 Base Hospital of the Army. One of them, constable Shehzad, succumbed to his injuries. In another incident, militants shot dead a policeman in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Constable Shabir Ahmad was shot outside his residence at Bogund in Kulgam. The cop was rushed to a local hospital but he did not survive. PTK