Hundreds gather to pay tributes to slain militants; Pro-Burhan Wani banners surface

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At least four rounds of funeral prayers were held for slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant Tafazul Islam alias Javid Sheikh at his ancestral Churpora (Sadpora) village of Narbal in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday.

Islam was killed along with two associates in Radbugh village of Magam area of the district after a night-long gunfight with government forces.

Reports said that Islam was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and pro-Moosa slogans at his ancestral graveyard.

Tens of thousands of people participated in his funeral prayers in which banners extolling slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani were waved by the mourners.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in Magam, Aripanthan, Narbal and Beerwah area of the district to mourn the militant killings.