8 militants killed in gunfights in India-controlled Kashmir

09:37, October 03, 2010      

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Eight militants and a policeman were killed in two separate gunfights between militants and joint parties of Indian army and police, Indian defense officials said Saturday.

Five militants were killed in a gunfight that broke out Friday near line of control (LoC) in Machil sector of Kupwara district, around 155 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

In another gunfight at Chak Akhal of Kangan in Ganderbal district, around 50 km north of Srinagar city, three militants and a policeman were killed. Two policemen who were wounded in the gunfight are undergoing treatment in a hospital. The gunfight broke out Thursday evening and continued throughout Friday.

"A fierce gunfight broke out close to LoC in Machil sector of Kupwara district. Five militants were eliminated. In another gunfight at Kangan three more militants were killed and a policeman also laid down his life fighting militants," said Lt. Col. J. S. Brar, Indian army spokesman in Srinagar.

The contingents of troops have cordoned both the areas to carry out search operations.

"At both the places the search operations are underway," Brar said.

Police and defense officials maintain that most of the times the operations triggering gunfights are carried out on prior information about presence of militants in specific areas.

The gunfight between militants and Indian army troops in India- controlled Kashmir takes place intermittently.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by an Indian army spokesman said that last month 42 militants were killed in the region.

"As many as 42 well-armed and trained, both local and foreign militants, have been eliminated in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations conducted by the army in September," the spokesman said.

A guerrilla war has also been going on between militants and the Indian troops stationed in India-controlled Kashmir over the past two decades.

Source: Xinhua


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