4 killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

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– Four people including two militants and two air force personnel, were killed Wednesday in a fierce gunfight between militants and Indian troops in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, Xinhua news agency reported army officials as saying.

The gunfight erupted at village Hajin in Bandipora, about 32 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

“In an intense gunfight this morning in Hajin, Bandiora, two militants were killed and two air force guard personnel were also martyred,” Col Rajesh Kalia, the Indian army spokesperson, said. “The air force personnel were operating with army for operational experience and training.”

The gunfight was triggered in the morning after contingents of Indian military and police cordoned off the area on specific intelligence inputs about presence of militants.

Reports said one army personnel was wounded in the stand-off.

On Monday three militants were killed in a similar gunfight at village Gatipora of Shopian district, south of Srinagar.

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

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. – AFP