Militant killed in gun battle in India-controlled Kashmir

19:38, January 12, 2010      

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A militant of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit was killed and another managed to escape during a gun battle with Indian army and police in India-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, police said.

The gun battle broke out in village Abhama-Kellar of district Pulwama, 52 km south of Srinagar, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir.

According to details provided by police, the village was cordoned Monday evening following a tip off about the presence of militants there.

The gun fight triggered after Indian army and police fired towards the house where the militants were hiding. The fire was returned by the militants confirming their presence. The gunfight prolonged until Tuesday afternoon.

"Yesterday we received the information that two to three militants are present in a house in this village. Though we carried out operation yesterday but today a militant was gunned down. The other one might have managed to escape during the night," said A.S. Nandal, a police spokesman.

"The killed militant was responsible for many civilian killings in the area," Nandal added.

According to the locals, the residential house the militants were holed up was partially damaged due to heavy exchange of fire.

The slain militant has been identified as local.

The gun fighting between militants and Indian army troopers in India-controlled Kashmir takes place intermittently.

Source: Xinhua
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