A 34-year-old soldier, Bakhtawar Singh, was killed in the cross-firing.
The slain policemen identified as Feroz Ahmed Dar son of Ab Raheem Dar resident of Dogripora, Awantipora, Pulwama at present Sangam Bijbehara. He was shifted to Sub-district hospital Qaimoh where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
"Some of the militants also fired from within the crowd indiscriminately on the security forces", he said.
Mattoo was killed in a joint operation carried out by Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF to nab the terrorists. Six policemen, including the driver of the vehicle, were on a routine round in their jeep when a group of terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on them.
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Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Sayed Abid Rashid confirmed the killing of the policemen, adding that two civilians were also injured.
The shutdown was called to protest the killings of 12 people on Friday. However forces were deployed in strength in the area.
The two armies have traded heavy fire along the de-facto border nearly daily in recent weeks, killing civilians and soldiers on both sides while accusing each other of breaching a 2003 ceasefire agreement. Massive clashes were going on in the area amidst massive pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Tension in the Valley was already high after a civilian, Naseer Ahmad Sheikh, died on Thursday after getting injured during protests in Rangreth locality in Srinagar.
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Matoo was active in Kulgam-Islamabad belt and police officials say he was involved in a number of attacks in the area.
Locals said that at least four funerals have been offered and more people are yet pouring in.
The forces also used IEDs to raze a building.
An Indian police officer detains a Kashmiri protester in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 16, 2017.
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Intelligence sources said that search operation is still ongoing but have been hampered by stone-pelters who are targeting the security forces from different sides. Several youth have suffered injuries in the clashes. "Later, they snatched their weapons", an officer said. The injured have been shifted to Srinagar.