Tral shuts on second day over militant’s killing

SHABIR AHMAD
ANANTNAG: Shutdown continued in south Kashmir’s Tral township for the second consecutive day Sunday over the killing of a Pakistani militant in an encounter with troops on Saturday.
A Jaish-e-Muhammad commander Adil Pathan alias Madni was killed in a brief gunfight with troops in Aripal village of Tral on Saturday morning while his local associate, Abid Khan managed to flee from the encounter site.
The killing triggered a complete shutdown and violent protests by the youth who torched two police vehicles. During the clashes at least eight cops were injured after being hit by stones, with some of them receiving stitches. Reports said the area observed a complete shutdown for the second running day Sunday over the militant’s killing, bringing normal life to a halt. All shops, business establishments, private offices and petrol pumps remained shut in Tral and its peripheries while both public and private transport was off the roads.
No political or militant outfit had called for the shutdown.

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