Shutdown in Pulwama district to mourn militant deaths

Shutdown in Pulwama district to mourn militant deaths

PULWAMA: Several areas in this south Kashmir district observed a complete shutdown on Thursday to mourn the death of two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants. The militants were shot dead at Wandakhpora village near Awantipora on Wednesday evening.
All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was generally off the roads.
The impact of shutdown was intense in the towns of Awantipora, Tral, Pulwama and pockets of Drangbal and Kakpora.
Two militants were killed in a gun-battle that had raged between a group of militants and government forces in open fields near Wandakhpora village in Pulwama.
The slain militants were identified as Abu Ukasha and Abu Hafiz.
According to sources Abu Ukasha was one of the most wanted militants in Kashmir and National Investigating Agency (NIA) had announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head for his alleged involvement in Udhampur attack. He was reportedly part of the three militants who carried out the attack in Udhampur on the BSF convoy on August 5, 2015.
One of his associates, Mohammad Numan was killed while his associate Mohammad Naveed was arrested in Udhampur. Ukasha had reportedly managed to return to his base in south Kashmir.
9 militants have been killed in Pulwama district during past two months.