Thousands of people on Saturday late evening participated in the funeral prayers of a militant, who was killed in a three-day long gunfight along with his associate in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Reports said that thousands of people including women and elderly persons had gathered in Warpora village to offer funeral prayers.

Later as the body was lifted towards the martyr’s graveyard, a large number of people shouting pro-freedom and anti-governmental slogans marched towards the graveyard.

On Saturday, soon after the bodies were recovered from the encounter site, they both were identified as Tahir Ahmad War alias Tahir Molvi of Warpora of JeM outfit.

Following the gunfight, clashes between youth and forces were reported near the encounter site and in main town Sopore. The encounter broke out at Mir Mohalla area of Warpora Sopore after a joint team of Army’s 22 RR, special operation group of police and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in the area on Thursday morning.


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