Mother of Sahir Ahmad Makroo, one of the militants among four killed in a gunfight in Arwani village of South Kashmir. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo for The Kashmir Walla


Once again, on Friday, four more militants were buried in South Kashmir, with thousands of people attending their funeral processions in their native villages. Mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, and relatives and neighbors attended the funerals. As more than 30 militants have been killed in last few weeks in Kashmir, funeral processions have become a daily affair. At each funeral, mothers of the militants climb onto the stage, to sit next to their killed sons, wailing and lying there for as long as the last few moments could last.

On Friday, The Kashmir Walla traveled to Arwani and Hawoora villages of South Kashmir to attend the funeral processions of Sahir Ahmad Makroo and Owais Ahmad Lone – both the militants were killed in a gunfight on Thursday afternoon by the government forces. Two more militants were identified as Muzamil Magray and Amir Tantray.

Photographs by Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Vikar Syed

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People offer funeral prayers of Sahir Ahmad Makroo in his native village Arwani in South Kashmir. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo for The Kashmir Walla
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A boy looking at the body of Sahir Ahmad Makroo, a militant killed during a gunfight in Arwani village of South Kashmir. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla
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Mother of Owais Ahmad Lone, militant who was killed in Arwani gunfight on Thursday, near his body during funeral procession at his native village Hawoora in South Kashmir. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo for The Kashmir Walla
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A boy wailing near the body of Sahir Ahmad Makroo, a militant who was killed in Arwani gunfight on Thursday, during his funeral procession in his native village of Arwani in South Kashmir. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla
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People near gathering around the body of Owais Ahmad Lone, militant who was killed in Arwani gunfight on Thursday, near his body during funeral procession at his native village Hawoora in South Kashmir. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo for The Kashmir Walla
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Young boy offering funeral prayers of Owais Ahmad Lone, militant who was killed in Arwani gunfight on Thursday, near his body during funeral procession at his native village Hawoora in South Kashmir. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo for The Kashmir Walla
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Mother and relatives of Sahir Ahmad Makroo, one of the militants among four killed in a gunfight in Arwani village of South Kashmir, near his body. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla

 


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