2 militants killed by beast in India-controlled Kashmir

19:11, November 03, 2009      

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Police in India-controlled Kashmir Tuesday said they have recovered the bodies of two militants killed by a wild bear.

In the two decades of insurgency in the region, this is the first time that such an incident has occurred, they said.

The bodies of the militants were recovered by a joint party of the Indian army and police during their searches in the forests of Kulgam, 95 km south of Srinagar.

"On Nov. 1, a search party went deep into the forest area of Hakwas in Kulgam. The party was alerted after hearing the sound of gunshots in the forest. After launching an intensive search for two days, the party found two bodies of militants in Kathmandu zone of the forest. The bodies were brought to the nearest police station, where doctors declared that the death of the duo has been caused due to the injuries inflicted on them by some beast, probably a bear," Superintendent of police at Kulgam, Kesuram Churasiya, told Xinhua.

Police also claim the recovery of two assault rifles and some ammunition from the site.

The militants have been identified as locals belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit.

The HM is the indigenous militant outfit of Kashmir active in the region since 1990.

Source: Xinhua
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