12 killed in latest Kashmir violence
SRINAGAR: Indian soldiers on Saturday shot dead 10 militants in gun battles across Held Kashmir and militants shot dead two civilians in the region, police said.
Police said it found bullets coated with lethal chemicals at a militant hideout. The seizure comes four months after the Indian Army said it had information that militants in Kashmir knew how to build crude chemical weapons but had no proof. “We recovered a pen-pistol and 25 cartridges. When one of our men tried to remove the cartridge inside, it emitted fumes and he felt dizzy and became unconscious,” K Rajendra, inspector general of police in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, told Reuters. “We have sent the pistol and bullets for forensic examination. Initial tests reveal the bullets are laced with a neurotoxic substance,” he said. —Agencies