Six police were killed Friday when rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a police vehicle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, while two civilians were killed and several others injured in clashes that erupted during a gunbattle between rebels and government forces in the disputed region, officials and witnesses said.

Another one lost his life on Friday during an encounter between security forces and militants in Arwani village in south Kashmir's Bijbehara area.

Two civilians were also killed after forces opened fire to disperse protesters and stone-pelters trying to shield the militants and disturb the anti-militant operation. According to sources, a heavily armed squad of more than 12 terrorists attacked the police party, which was led by Dar, and sprayed bullets at the vehicle. Separatists have called for a protest shutdown on Saturday against the killing of the two LeT militants.

The first incident took place in Arwani village located in south Kashmir's Kilgam district.

On Friday morning, joint forces launched cordon around few residential house in Arwani, where he and his two associates were hiding.

Junaid Mattoo, a resident of Khudwani village in Kulgam, was acting as the district commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba, police said.

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Malik was rushed to a hospital here for treatment but succumbed to injuries., the official added.

Citing how the security arrangement has been strengthened also keeping in mind the annual Amarnath Yatra, Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rajiv R. Bhatnagar said, "For the Amarnath Yatra, we have made the comprehensive arrangements". Youth staged protest after congregational weekly prayers in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar.

Kashmir women help a wailing relative of a slain policeman during a ceremony in Anantnag district, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on June 16, 2017.

Matoo was involved in a number of anti-establishment activities in the Valley, including the killing of a police constable at Bogund in Kulgam district on June 15.

Authorities have blocked 3G/4G mobile internet services across the Kashmir valley. The LeT had earlier uploaded a video on the social networking site warning local policemen to stay away from anti-militancy operations.

The two armies have traded fire along the LoC nearly daily in recent weeks, killing civilians and soldiers on both sides while accusing each other of breaching a 2003 ceasefire agreement.