India raid leaves 7 dead in Kashmir

Two Indian army soldiers and five suspected insurgents were killed Friday during a fierce gunbattle triggered by a raid in northern Kashmir, the military said.

India raid leaves 7 dead in Kashmir

Two Indian army soldiers and five suspected insurgents were killed Friday during a fierce gunbattle triggered by a raid in northern Kashmir, the military said.

Fighting erupted Thursday night in densely forested Rafiabad — about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Srinagar, Kashmir's main city — after army troops and police received information about the suspected presence of fighters in the area, Col. Vineet Sood said.

Five fighters and two soldiers died in the clash, and search operations were continuing.

In a telephone call Friday to Current New Service, a local news agency, a man who identified himself as a spokesman for Hezb-ul Mujahedeen, Kashmir's biggest insurgent group, said four of the guerrillas killed belonged to his group.

The man, who gave his name as Ahsan Ilahi, told the news agency three soldiers were also killed in the fighting.

Hezb-ul Mujahedeen is one of a dozen groups fighting Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. Kashmiris say fight against India since it rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.


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