'Most wanted militant' killed in Indian Kashmir: army

The Indian military on Wednesday claimed that one of Indian Kashmir's "most wanted" militants has been killed.

Afp July 21, 2010

SRINAGAR: The Indian military on Wednesday claimed that  one of Indian Kashmir's "most wanted" militants has been killed during a fierce gunbattle, dealing a blow to the insurgency in the volatile Himalayan region.

A Pakistani identified as Nouman, the commander of the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahedin rebel group in Indian Kashmir, was killed in an overnight firefight with soldiers, army spokesman JS Brar told AFP.

Harkat-ul-Mujahedin is one of a number of groups fighting against New Delhi's rule in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan. The most powerful group is thought to be Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Brar claimed Nouman was "Kashmir valley's top most militant" wanted for a number of attacks, including master-minding a nearly 24-hour siege at a hotel in the centre of Indian Kashmir's main city Srinigar in January.

"His death is a big jolt to insurgency in Kashmir," he said. The gunbattle took place in Sopore town, about 50 kilometers (31 miles), north of Srinagar, and also left an unidentified accomplice to Nouman and an Indian soldier dead.

More than 47,000 people have died in Kashmir since anti-India rebels launched an insurgency in the scenic region in 1989. The violence has declined sharply since India and Pakistan started a slow-moving peace process in 2004. Both nuclear-armed rivals hold the region in part but claim it in entirety.


Cronous | 12 years ago | Reply @Hamood . "Another will take over." . Perhaps, but India has dealt with these scum for 20+ years and they will be dealt with for eternity if need be. .. "Let the Kashmiris decide their own future." .. Maybe you should let the Balochis decide their future before lecturing us.
Anoop | 12 years ago | Reply @I.M., Dude, dont you think, Pakistan should make sure territory under its control is peaceful and there are no secessionist sentiments before pointing fingers at other Country's affairs?
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