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Bijbehara encounter: South shuts in mourning

Srinagar, Nov 24: The southern districts of Kashmir Saturday observed a complete shutdown to mourn the death of six militants who were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district on Friday.

Reports said that Kulgam, Anantnag and Pulwama remained completely shut while partial shutdown was observed in Shopian.

All the shops and other business establishments remained closed and traffic also remained off the roads.

A large number of people visited to the residence of the slain militants to offer condolences to the families.

On Friday, six local militants identified as Azad Ahmed Malik of Arwani Bijbehara, Basit Ahmad Mir of PushwaraAnantnag affiliated with LeT, AtifNazar of Waghama, Firdous Ahmad of Pulwama, Unais Shafi Bhat of TakiyaMaqsood Shah Bijbehara and Shahid Malik from Awantipora affiliated with Hizbul Mujhadeen were killed in Sekipora Bijbehara encounter.

Tens of thousands of people participated in their last rites.

On Saturday, Lashkar-e-Toiba district commander Firdous was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Muchpuna village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Thousands of people from the adjoining and far-off places reached the native village of slain militant commander and participated in his last rites.