Jammu & Kashmir: Indian troops kill 6 militants, 1 civilian

26th Nov 2018
Jammu & Kashmir: Indian troops kill 6 militants, 1 civilian

By Zahid Rafiq

 

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir, India (AA): Six militants and an Indian army soldier were killed in Kashmir’s south after the troops attacked a militant hideout on Sunday, police said. One teen civilian was killed by Indian forces during protests by Kashmiris.

“Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Batagund area of Kapran in Shopian district, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in the intervening night,” Manoj Pandita, police spokesman, said in a statement.

“In the ensuing gun-battle, six militants were neutralized and the bodies were retrieved from the site of gun-battle,” the statement said.

The statement also confirmed the death of an army soldier.

According to reports, hundreds of villagers took to the streets and clashed with the Indian forces in hope to save the trapped militants.

A 17-year-old youth, Nouman Ashraf Bhat (17) of Balsoo, Kulgam, was killed and twenty others suffered injuries during clashes in government forces action in parts of Shopian and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir.

The police and paramilitary forces used tear smoke shells, pellets, and live ammunition to disperse the protests. In the incident, at least four youths suffered bullet wounds and sixteen others hit by pellets and tear smoke shells.

“Few individuals sustained injuries at the encounter site and have been evacuated to hospital for medical attention,” police spokesperson said.

The Indian government has stopped Internet access in Shopian and Kulgam districts.

Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

Since they were partitioned in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars — in 1948, 1965 and 1971 — two of them over Kashmir.

Also, in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984. A cease-fire came into effect in 2003.

Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have reportedly been killed in the conflict in the region since 1989.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of Jammu & Kashmir. By CIA/Public Domain]

November 26, 2018

Leave a Comment

What is 7 + 14 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

Latest Tweets