Indian Army Killed Two Insurgents Near Border Area
SRINAGAR, INDIA: Indian soldiers killed two suspected rebels early Friday in a gun battle in restive Indian-held Kashmir near the de-facto border with Pakistan, an Indian army spokesperson said.
Soldiers and police launched an overnight operation in Peethawada area, 70 kilometres (around 45 miles) northwest of the main city of Srinagar after receiving a tip-off that armed militants were hiding out in a local village.
“Two terrorists were killed in the operation,” army spokesperson Colonel N N Joshi told AFP.
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by a heavily militarised Line of Control or LoC since the two countries won independence from Britain in 1947.
Both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.
Several rebel groups have for decades been fighting Indian forces deployed in the region, for independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.
The fighting has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians.
Violence in the territory has sharply declined during the last decade, but armed encounters between rebels and government forces occur regularly.
In February nine people including three Indian army special forces commandos were killed during a stand-off between militants and government forces that lasted three days.
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