Gun battle leaves 4 Indian troops and rebels dead in Kashmir

Gun battle leaves 4 Indian troops and rebels dead in Kashmir11 October 2017

At least two Indian air force commandos and two rebels were killed in a gun battle in Bandipora district of Indian-administrated Kashmir according to local media reports, on Wednesday (October 11).

The fighting started when soldiers searching for militants cordoned off a neighborhood in the northern town of Hajjin.

“It was a difficult operation. Two militants were killed in the encounter, unfortunately two air force commandos also died,” a police officer told AFP international news agency.

On Tuesday October 10th, at least three rebels and an Indian soldier were killed in three separate fightings in village of Kellar in southern Kashmir.

Thousands on Tuesday participated in funerals for the three rebels, chanting slogans including “We want freedom” and “Go India, go back.”

Earlier on Monday, police said troops killed a top rebel commander in the northwestern Handwara area. A police statement described the slain rebel as chief of operations of the Jaish-e-Mohammad armed group.

Police say at least 160 militants and 59 soldiers or police have been killed so far this year.

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