Thousands attend funerals of 2 militants in Tral

Pulwama: Thousands of people Wednesday participated in funerals of two Hizbul Mujahideen militants who were killed in a gunbattle with government forces in Tral on Tuesday even as a complete shutdown was observed in the township and its peripheries.
Abid Ahmad Khan and Sheeraz Ahmad Dar were killed in a brief but fierce clash at Handura village. Sheeraz was son of a baker while Abid was son of a police officer and was active in the area for last nearly three years. The gunfight also left an army Colonel and a policeman dead and two other army men injured.
On Wednesday, all shops, business establishments and private offices remained closed in Tral and its peripheries over the killing of the two militants. Traffic also remained off the roads in the area.
Meanwhile, both the slain militants were buried in their native villages on Wednesday morning with thousands of people participating in their funeral prayers.
Reports said that people from different villages of Tral rushed to Handura, the native place of Abid Khan. His body was taken to the graveyard in a procession amid pro-azadi and anti-slogans.