Thousands attend funeral of slain Hizb militant Nissar in Anantnag

Srinagar: Thousands of people on Friday participated in the funeral prayers of slain militant Yawar Nissar who was killed in a gunfight with the Indian Armed forces in Kanelwan village of Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district late last night on Thursday.

The funeral prayers for the slain militant were held at Hanfia Eidgah, Janglat Mandi, where thousands of people offered the prayers.

Nisar was the first militant from the town in more than a decade. He had joined militant ranks less than two weeks before.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed across the Annatnag district to mourn the killing of the militant.

Massive clashes erupted on Friday between youth and the Indian Armed Forces the in old town area of Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

Reports said that as soon as the news of the killing of Hizb militant Yawar Nissar and a civilian spread, clashes erupted at Lal Chowk, Malakhnag, Chinni Chowk, Reshi Bazaar, Sherpora, Janglat Mandi and Achabal bus terminal areas of old town of the district.

Youth from the areas started protesting, however, police and paramilitary forces fired several teargas canisters to disperse them, triggering massive clashes in the areas.

Earlier in the day, police said that army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF 40/90 BN and special operations group (SOG) of J&K police launched a search operation in Kanelwan after “specific input” about presence of three militants in Herpora Kanelwan.

They said that militants fired on the search party, resulting in exchange of fire.

They added two militants took advantage of darkness and managed to give a slip to forces and opening fire around midnight.

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