Six killed in Kashmir violence
SRINAGAR: Two Indian soldiers, three militants and a civilian were killed and 17 other people injured in separatist-related incidents in Held Kashmir, police said Wednesday.
Militants ambushed an army patrol late Tuesday in the village of Chontimulla, about 60 kilometers north of the summer capital Srinagar, killing a soldier and injuring five others, police said.
The injured included an officer. The militants used AK rifles, machine guns and hand grenades in the attack. Army reinforcements were despatched to the village, sealed it off and conducted house-to-house searches for the attackers.
A lesser-known group, Al Mansoorain, claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened to launch similar ones in the coming days, a local news agency said.
In another overnight incident, nine civilians and two Indian soldiers were injured in a landmine explosion triggered by suspected militants in the dense forest area of Lolab in northwestern Kupwara district, police said. “The mine buried under soil was apparently planted to target an army patrol,” a police spokesman said, adding that two of the injured civilians were in a serious condition.
Meanwhile, Border Security Force (BSF) personnel shot dead a militant in the Tral area of the southern Pulwama district overnight, police said. A border security guard was injured during the fighting. Indian troops shot dead two more militants in the districts of Baramulla and Rajouri overnight and Wednesday, police said. —AFP