Gun­bat­tle leaves 4 dead in In­dia-held Kash­mir

The Miracle - - National & Int - Source: dawn.com

Two In­dian air force com­man­dos and two sus­pected mil­i­tants were killed dur­ing a gun­bat­tle on Wed­nes­day in In­dia-held Kash­mir, the In­dian army claimed, dur­ing an up­surge in vi­o­lence in the dis­puted re­gion. The fight­ing started when sol­diers search­ing for mil­i­tants cor­doned off a neigh­bour­hood in the north­ern town of Ha­jin.“It was a dif­fi­cult op­er­a­tion. Two mil­i­tants were killed in the en­counter. Un­for­tu­nately two air force com­man­dos also died,” an In­dian po­lice of­fi­cer told AFP. The deaths came two days af­ter a leader of the banned mil­i­tant group Jaish-e-Mo­ham­mad (JeM) — ac­cused of or­gan­is­ing a string of sui­cide at­tacks across In­dia-held Kash­mir — was killed in a shootout with govern­ment forces. Sep­a­ratist groups have for years been fight­ing In­dian sol­diers de­ployed in the re­gion, de­mand­ing that Kash­mir be given in­de­pen­dence or merged with Pak­istan. The fight­ing has left tens of thou­sands dead, most of them civil­ians and ear­lier this year, In­dia launched “Op­er­a­tion All­out” to hunt down the sep­a­ratists. In­dian po­lice say at least 160 mil­i­tants and 59 se­cu­rity of­fi­cials have been killed so far this year.

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