Troops kill 5 militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-09 14:03:45|Editor: Chengcheng
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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Five militants were killed in a fierce gunfight with Indian army troops in a two-day gunfight in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Thursday.

The gunfight, according to Indian army officials, broke out in forest area of Rafiabad of Baramulla district, 58 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"This morning one more militant was killed in ongoing gunfight in Dooniwari forests of Rafiabad, taking toll to five," an Indian army spokesman said.

Indian-controlled Kashmir Police Shesh Paul Vaid also confirmed the killing of the fifth militant, saying he was killed after he fired upon the government forces Thursday morning.

On Wednesday evening, four militants were killed in the gunfight.

According to police, the gunfight started after a joint party of the police and army launched searches in the area following specific intelligence information about presence of the militants.

Reports said an army commando was also wounded fighting these militants.

On Tuesday, four Indian army troops including an officer and two militants were killed in a separate gunfight near Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of Bandipora district.

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.

A guerilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. The gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently across the region.