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Hizbul's Burhan Wani killed; curfew in Srinagar, Amarnath Yatra suspended

Srinagar: Burhan Muzaffar Wani, a 22-year-old commander of the terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in an operation on Friday in a big breakthrough for security forces.

Curfew has been imposed in large parts of Srinagar city and many areas of south Kashmir amid tension after his death.

Overnight clashes have been reported between protesters and security forces in many parts of south Kashmir. Many police posts and an Army post were reportedly attacked in Kupwara.

Mobile internet services have been blocked across the Valley and the Amarnath Yatra has also been suspended temporarily - pilgrims have been stopped from proceeding forward from Jammu. Today's school board exams have been postponed.

Burhan Wani's body has been given to his family in Tral, which is not far from Anantnag in south Kashmir, where he was killed in an intelligence-led police operation along with two other militants on Friday afternoon.

Burhan Wani had emerged as the face of new militancy in Kashmir, representing the disturbing profile of young, educated local boys taking up arms. He was seen in videos circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp aimed at recruiting young Kashmiri men.

Burhan Wani belonged to a well-off family and his father is head master at a government school. Wani was among the most wanted militants in Jammu and Kashmir though he himself is said to have never fired a single shot, police say.