Gunfight breaks out in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-04 13:13:11|Editor: Song Lifang
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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- A gunfight between militants and Indian troops broke out in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, police said.

The gunfight erupted in Sopore, Baramulla district, 52 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"A gunfight just began between militants and government forces in Chak Brath village of Sopore here," a police official said.

"The army and police contingents cordoned off the area on specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants."

Police officials suspected two militants were holed up in the area.

"We have heard sound of gunfire in the area and are staying indoors," Mujtaba Ahmad, a local resident told Xinhua via telephone.

Last month, 11 people - four paramilitary troops, four policemen and three militants - were killed in a fierce stand-off inside district police lines in southern Pulwama town.

A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.