BREAKING: At Least 11 DEAD Including 6 Police Officers- Here’s What We Know

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At least eleven people were killed, six of them policemen in separate clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir as tensions continue rise in the region.

The deceased included six policemen, a soldier, two civilians and two suspected militants according to authorities.

In one incident, suspected militants ambushed a police patrol in the town of Achhabal.

In the ambush, six police officers were killed, according to a top police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Two civilians, including a teenage boy, and two suspected militants were killed in the incident, he reported.

The policemen, led by Feroz Ahmed Dar, were ambushed on Friday by heavily-armed Lashkar terrorists at Achabal in Anantnag. Bullets were sprayed at them from point-blank range to disfigure their faces, according to reports.

The officer added that in a separate incident, soldiers and special forces, who had cordoned off Arwani village on a tip-off that militants were hiding in it, opened fire on villagers who allegedly wanted to help the militants flee.

SP Vaid, the state police chief said the attackers had been identified and called the ambush a “revenge attack” by Lashkar-e-Taiba after  Junaid Mattoo was killed. The body of the top Lashkar terrorist, killed in an encounter, was found on Saturday.

“The specific information is that it was a group of five militants headed by Bashir Lashkari,” said Munir Khan, who heads the police force in the Kashmir region, adding that two foreign terrorists were part of the team that killed six policemen.

In a third incident, an Indian soldier was killed in cross-border shooting, Press TV reported.

Pakistani soldiers had allegedly fired shots at Indian posts in southern Naushera along the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir, killing the Indian soldier, according to an Indian Army spokesman.

Tensions are high in the Indian-administrated Kashmir region where the Muslim majority population stage regular protests against Indian rule and demand greater autonomy from New Delhi.

In order to maintain its grip on the region, New Delhi has deployed hundreds of thousands of troops to enforce a crackdown on dissent.

New Delhi’s iron-fist implementation of strict security measures has prompted an increased number of Kashmir Muslim youths to join resistance movements, according to officials.

The two rival nuclear countries of Pakistan and India both claim the entirety of Kashmir and have fought two wars over the region since their independence from Britain in 1947.

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