A group of Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists allegedly fired their guns in the air on Sunday as a salute to their slain associate Fayaz Ahmad, who was killed during an exchange of bullets a day earlier, an Indian Express report said. Four terrorists had reportedly appeared at the funeral of Ahmad. The slain terrorist was involved in a fidayeen attack on a BSF convoy two years ago at Udhampur, after which the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had put a reward on him.
Ahmad belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen, the police told the paper.
It added that Ahmad was active for two years. “The militant was wanted for his role in a fidayeen attack on a BSF convoy on August 2015 at Narsu Udhampur,” a police spokesman was quoted as saying by Indian Express. “In this attack two BSF personnel were killed and 11 others were injured,” he was quoted as saying.
Thousands of men and women assembled at Qaimoh village of Kulgam on Sunday to participate in the funeral of the terrorust who was killed on Saturday in an exchange of fire with state police at Mir Bazar. At least three civilians and a cop were also killed in the encounter.
According to eyewtnesses, as the funeral procession was moving, four militants with assault rifles fired shots in the air, according to Indian Express. Participants in funeral took cellphone videos of the terrorists firing in the air, which have gone viral on social network sites. In one such pictures, three terrorists with AK-47s are seen firing in the air even as some women look for cover.
The Kashmir Valley has witnessed terrorists appearing at funerals of their slain associates for over a year now. Also, for the last few months, the Valley has seen a spurt, throwing a challenge to security forces, the Indian Express report added further.
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The incident has come three days after the state police and the army launched one of its biggest anti-militancy operations in Shopian district, bordering Kulgam, the report added.