Fierce gunfight erupts between militants, troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Fierce gunfight erupts between militants, troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir


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Fierce gunfight erupts between militants, troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir 
2014-03-10 09:51:43  

  Fierce gunfight erupts between militants, troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir

     SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 10 (Xinhua) — A fierce gunfight between militants and contingents of Indian army and police Monday broke out in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

     The gunfight triggered at village Vilgam of Handwara town in frontier Kupwara district, about 87 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

     “The gunfight is going on and reinforcements were rushed in to take on militants present there,” said a police spokesman in Srinagar. “Details are awaited.”Reports pouring in from the area said the policemen and Indian army troopers have cordoned the area and exchange of gunfire is taking place.

     Unconfirmed reports said two militants are believed to be trapped in the area. Police and Defense officials maintain most of the time operations triggering gunfights are carried out on prior information about the presence of militants in specific areas.” Our men have cordoned the area and operation to neutralize militants is underway,” said Lt Col N N Joshi, a Srinagar based Indian army spokesman.

     Last year 73 suspected militants were killed in the restive region.

     A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. The gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently across the region.

     The 2013 saw 38 percent increase in violence compared to 2012. The violence claimed 204 lives in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir. Of the 204 killed, 48 were civilians, 73 suspected militants, one unidentified and 82 Indian troopers.  Enditem

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