Handwara, Langate shuts to mourn militant killings

Srinagar

A complete shutdown is being observed in Handwara town, Langate and its adjacent areas in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, on Wednesday against the militant killings.

Reports said that all shops and business establishments are closed, while public transport is off the roads to protest the militant killings.

Forces have been deployed at many places in order to prevent any untoward incidents, witnesses said.

Two militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba identified as Liyaqat Ahmad Lone of Sopore, and Furqan Rashid Lone of Shartpora of Shartpora, Langate, were killed in a gunfight at Galoora area of Handwara on Tuesday.

Thousands of people later participated in the funeral prayers of both the militants at their respective ancestral villages.

Earlier authorities have decided to suspend the class work at higher secondary schools and Degree College Handwara amid fears of protests against the militant killings.

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