Indian soldiers kill two in IOK

By AFP
Published: September 11, 2017
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A file photo of Indian forces in held Kashmir. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Indian forces in held Kashmir. PHOTO: AFP

SRINAGAR: Indian forces killed two suspected rebels and captured one in occupied-Kashmir on Monday during a brief gun battle that sparked protests by local civilians, police said.

Soldiers and special counterinsurgency police forces surrounded a neighbourhood in Khudwani, a village in the south of IoK, after a tip-off about the presence of ‘militants’.

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“Two militants [were] killed in an encounter with police, army and CRPF [Central Reserve Police Force]. One was arrested,” a police statement said.

Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of local residents who took to the streets in support of the slain militants and threw stones at government forces. Both belonged to the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, police said.

The gun battle came a day after government forces killed two suspected rebels and captured another in the southern Shopian area after a day-long exchange of fire. Armed rebels are rarely captured alive.

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More than 140 “suspected militants” have been killed so far this year in the restive Kashmir valley, where India has deployed thousands of additional troops to hunt for anti-India rebels in an offensive dubbed “Operation Allout”.

Hizbul Mujahideen is one of several rebel groups fighting the roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan. Tens of thousands have died in the fighting, mostly civilians.

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