Two sus­pected rebels, sol­dier killed in Kash­mir

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Srinagar, In­dia - Two sus­pected rebels and an In­dian sol­dier were killed on Tues­day in Kash­mir along the de facto bor­der with Pak­istan, where the two sides traded fire for a sec­ond day.

In­dian Army spokesman Col Ra­jesh Kalia said In­dian sol­diers ex­changed fire with un­known com­bat­ants as they tried to cross the Line of Con­trol (LoC) into In­dia’s Jammu and Kash­mir state.

“Two bod­ies and three weapons were re­cov­ered from the site of the fir­ing,” Kalia said.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent an In­dian sol­dier shot and killed his se­nior of­fi­cer at a fron­tier post in Uri fol­low­ing a dis­pute be­tween the two, Kalia said.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the army and po­lice is un­der way.

Pak­istani of­fi­cials mean­while said that at least two civil­ians were killed and 11 others wounded in cross-bor­der fir­ing by In­dian sol­diers.

“A man and woman were mar­tyred and seven others were wounded in fir­ing by In­dian troops in Sumahni sec­tor,” lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial Chaudhry Guf­tar told AFP.

Pak­istan gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial Raja Ar­shad said four peo­ple were also in­jured when an­other vol­ley of shots were fired across the bor­der into Nakyal sec­tor.

In­dian sol­dier, young girl killed

On Mon­day, In­dian Army said one of its sol­diers and a young girl were killed dur­ing a skir­mish along the bor­der.

Col Kalia said a sol­dier died when a mor­tar fired from Pak­istan-con­trolled ter­ri­tory landed on a bunker, spark­ing fierce re­tal­ia­tory fire.

An In­dian po­lice of­fi­cer said an eight year old girl was also killed in an ex­change of fire across the Line of Con­trol, and her mother was se­ri­ously in­jured.

The tit-for-tat ex­change came af­ter In­dia jus­ti­fied fir­ing a bar­rage that saw four Pak­istani sol­diers killed on Sun­day, say­ing it had the right to re­tal­i­ate over ‘cease­fire vi­o­la­tions’ in the Kash­mir re­gion.

The mil­i­tary heads of In­dia and Pak­istan spoke by phone af­ter Islamabad ac­cused New Delhi of bomb­ing one of its mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles on Sun­day, killing four of its troops in its part of Kash­mir.


Vil­lagers watch the fu­neral pro­ces­sion for slain mil­i­tant Showkat Ahmed at Ar­wani vil­lage in Anant­nag, Jammu and Kash­mir on Tues­day

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