World Bulletin / News Desk
Two police officers and two fighters have been killed in Indian-held Kashmir in an attack targeting the Indian national elections.
Fighters attacked the residence of National Conference member and political youth leader, Yawar Ali Masoodi, Sunday afternoon firing on two policemen guarding the house in Khrew, Pulwama district, 15km south of Srinagar.
“Two militants fired upon the police-guards of a political activist and killed the two policemen,” a police statement said.
Following the attack, the fighters were “chased by troopers from the army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles stationed in a nearby camp,” police said, adding that a gunfight ensued in open fields some distance from the incident which resulted in the deaths of the two fighters.
Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, commander of Indian Army's 15 Corps, commended the "swift reaction” to the incident.
However, protests erupted in the area after news of the militants' deaths spread. “The protests lasted for two hours and police had to use tear smoke shells to scatter the protesters,” said Yawar Ahmad, a resident of Khrew.
The identities of the slain fighters are still being ascertained, but police say that initial investigations suggest both were foreigners.
Since 1989, Kashmiri resistance groups in Indian-held Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.
More than 70,000 people have reportedly been killed in the conflict so far.Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2014, 10:28