SRINAGAR, India (AP) — At least 5 suspected militants and an Indian air pressure commando had been killed Saturday in a fierce gunbattle in disputed Kashmir, police stated.
Indian troops cordoned off northern Hajin village on a tip that militants had been hiding in civilian properties, stated prime police officer S.P. Vaid.
The militants tried to flee from the safety cordon whereas firing their weapons, triggering a heavy change of gunfire, Vaid stated.
At least 5 militants and an air pressure commando had been killed and one other soldier was wounded within the combating, he stated, including that a minimum of one militant was nonetheless trapped within the space.
No insurgent group combating since 1989 for Indian-controlled Kashmir’s independence or merger with neighboring Pakistan commented on the combating.
The gunfight is the newest in a string of lethal shootouts between Indian forces and rebels in restive Kashmir. At least 170 rebels and 60 authorities troopers have died within the violence this 12 months.
Earlier Saturday, hundreds of residents in Kashmir’s essential metropolis of Srinagar participated within the funeral of a neighborhood militant who police stated was killed in a single day in a shootout with troops.
Kashmir is split between India and Pakistan and each nations declare it in its entirety. Anti-India sentiment runs deep within the area, and most of the people help the rebels’ trigger whereas additionally taking part in civilian road protests in opposition to Indian management.
India accuses Pakistan of arming and coaching the rebels, which Pakistan denies.
Nearly 70,000 individuals have been killed within the rebellion and the following Indian navy crackdown.
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