Sus­pected rebels kill three sol­diers in In­dian Kash­mir

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Sus­pected rebels killed three sol­diers dur­ing fir­ing overnight near the heav­ily mil­i­ta­rized bor­der di­vid­ing Kash­mir be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, an army spokesman said on Mon­day.

Sol­diers dis­cov­ered their col­leagues’ bod­ies on Mon­day morn­ing dur­ing a search for mil­i­tants in Hafruda for­est, 140 kilo­me­ters ( 86 miles) north­west of the main city of Sri­na­gar.

“We had three fa­tal­i­ties. The sol­diers came un­der fire dur­ing the night,” army spokesman colonel N. N. Joshi told AFP.

Joshi said an armed mil­i­tant was also killed in a sep­a­rate en­counter in the nearby val­ley of Lo­lab overnight.

On Sun­day two sus­pected rebels, whom the army claimed be­longed to the Pak­istan- based Jaish- e- Mo­ham­mad group, were killed dur­ing a gun­bat­tle in Tral area south of Sri­na­gar. A soldier was in­jured in the en­counter.

Kash­mir has been di­vided be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan since the end of Bri­tish colo­nial rule in 1947. But both claim the restive Hi­malayan ter­ri­tory in its en­tirety and have fought two of their three wars over Kash­mir.

Sev­eral rebel groups have for decades been fight­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of In­dian forces de­ployed in the re­gion, seek­ing in­de­pen­dence for the ter­ri­tory or its merger with Pak­istan.

In­dian of­ten ac­cuses Pak­istan of train­ing and arm­ing rebels, while Is­lam­abad says it only pro­vides diplo­matic and moral sup­port for the Kash­miri peo­ple’s strug­gle for self- de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Tens of thou­sands have died in the con­flict, mostly civil­ians.

Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif last week pro­posed a new peace ini­tia­tive with In­dia over Kash­mir, sug­gest­ing de­mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the dis­puted ter­ri­tory, af­ter a surge in cross- bor­der shelling.

The fir­ing has killed dozens of civil­ians since last year.


Kash­miri Mus­lim vil­lagers carry the body of a sus­pected rebel dur­ing his fu­neral pro­ces­sion at Barhama, 40 kilo­me­ters south of Sri­na­gar, In­dian con­trolled Kash­mir, Mon­day, Oct. 5.

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