KABUL: (Middle East Press) Two Kashmiri fighters who believed to be linked to the pro-independence movement have been killed by the Indian security forces in Kashmir following a fire exchange in the region.
Indian army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Nitin N. Joshi said on Saturday that the Indian forces were cordoning off the northern village of Thagund in Baramulla district when the gun battle began.
The fighters started the clashes by opening fire on the Indian forces in an attempt to escape the blockade, the Indian military official said.
The incident came a week after a Pakistani civilian lost his life during an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir.
Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 66 years of animosity between India and Pakistan. Both neighbors claim the region in full but have partial control over it.