Two rebels killed in Indian occupied Kashmir firefight

The bodies of the dead were recovered along with their weapons, army spokesman Rajesh Kalia told AFP.

Two rebels killed in Indian occupied Kashmir firefight

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two rebels were killed in a shootout with security forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Sunday, the army and police said.

Acting on a tip-off, government forces surrounded a thickly forested area near the northern town of Handwara, 70 kilometres (45 miles) from Srinagar, triggering the clash.

On Saturday two civilians including a 13-year-old girl were killed in heavy cross-border shelling which India blamed on Pakistan.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full.

A revolt against Indian rule over its sector broke out in 1989 and tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, have been killed since then. Around 500,000 Indian soldiers are deployed in the region.  

Clashes have become more frequent following widespread unrest last year which was  sparked by the killing of a popular rebel leader by security forces in July. 

Rebels have repeatedly defended the occupied region against Indian government attacks.

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