Indian troops kill 2 militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-04 14:48:45|Editor: Song Lifang
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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Two militants were killed Monday in a fierce gunfight with contingents of police and Indian army in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The gunfight between militants and government forces broke out at Sopore in Baramulla district, about 52 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"This morning a gunfight triggered in Chak Brath village between militants and joint contingents of police and army. During the fierce exchange of fire two militants were killed," a senior police officer posted in Sopore told Xinhua.

Police said the search and cordon in the area was launched on specific intelligence information suggesting presence of militants.

Reports said Indian army or police have not suffered any damage in the stand-off.

Authorities have snapped internet service in the district, fearing it would mobilize people to stage protests in and around the area.

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.