Four youths killed as Indian troops launch crackdown in held Kashmir

At least two occupying troops were also killed during the clashes


Afp February 12, 2017
Kashmiri Muslim youth shout pro-freedom and anti-election slogans during a protest outside a polling station at Kangan in Srinagar. PHOTO: AFP

SRINIGAR: Four youngsters and two Indian army soldiers were killed in a gun battle in a village in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Sunday, an army spokesperson said.

The young men were hiding in a south Kashmir village when the army and police surrounded it, a police official said.

In the ensuing fire fight four people and two soldiers were killed.

"Four terrorists were killed and four weapons were recovered from the encounter site," army spokesprson in Srinagar, Col Manish told AFP.

"Two soldiers were also killed and three injured during the encounter," he added.

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The operation was ongoing, Col Manish said.

A civilian, the young son of the owner of the house in which the men were hiding, was also killed, Indian-held Kashmir police chief SP Vaid told AFP.

Three others managed to escape, a Superintendent of Police, who declined to be identified, said.

Several rebel groups have for decades fought the 500,000 Indian troops deployed in the region, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

 

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