3 Indian soldiers killed in northern Kashmir

Separatist also slain in clashes between security forces, militants, police say

3 Indian soldiers killed in northern Kashmir

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three Indian Army soldiers and a Kashmiri separatist were killed in a gun battle Tuesday, a police officials said.

Clashes in Hajin area of Bandipora district in northern Jammu Kashmir also saw nine soldiers wounded.

“Early on Tuesday morning a joint team of army, paramilitary and police launched an operation in Parray Mohalla of Hajin after receiving inputs about the presence of militants,” a police official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

“During the ensuing gun fight three army men and a militant were killed. The operation has been called off.”

The attack came three days after four militants, a civilian and three soldiers were killed in south Kashmir, sparking pro-independence demonstrations that were put down with live ammunition and pellet guns, wounding more than two dozen people.

The disputed region has seen renewed protests and attacks following the killing of a popular militant commander in July last year. At least 100 civilians have been killed in the subsequent crackdown, according to health officials.

Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan in 1947. Since 1989, Kashmiri resistance groups in Jammu Kashmir have fought against Indian rule.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Şubat 2017, 11:52