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People carry the body of Fayaz Ahmad, a suspected militant, who was killed in a retaliatory firing by the police in a brief gun battle on Saturday evening in Kulgam district, during his funeral in Qaimoh, on 7 May. Photo: Danish Ismail/Reuters
People carry the body of Fayaz Ahmad, a suspected militant, who was killed in a retaliatory firing by the police in a brief gun battle on Saturday evening in Kulgam district, during his funeral in Qaimoh, on 7 May. Photo: Danish Ismail/Reuters

Militants give ‘gun salute’ to slain associate at funeral in south Kashmir

Four militants appeared in the crowd during the funeral of slain militant Fayaz Ahmed in south Kashmir's Kulgam and fired volley of bullets in the air as a form of 'gun salute'

Srinagar: A group of militants appeared at the funeral of a slain associate and fired a volley of bullets in the air as a form of “gun salute" in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday.

The alarming incident occurred during the funeral of Fayaz Ahmed alias Setha, a resident of Qaimoh area of Kulgam, who was killed in retaliation on Saturday after militants had fired upon a police party which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident.

Two civilians and a cop were also killed in the attack on Saturday.

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At least four militants appeared in the crowd during the funeral and offered “gun salute" to the slain by firing in the air from their AK-assault rifles on Sunday, police officials said.

The incident comes just a couple of days after the security forces carried out a major combing operation in the neighbouring Shopian district to flush out militants. According to police officials there have been quite some instances of militants appearing at the funerals of slain associates in recent times in what appears to have taken the shape of a disturbing trend.

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