Two fighters killed in Kashmir gun battle

Two Indian policemen were also wounded

Two fighters killed in Kashmir gun battle

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two fighters of the Pakistan-based militant outfit, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), were killed and two Indian policemen wounded in a 22-hour-long gun battle that ended Monday April 14 at a residential house in Srinagar, the capital city of Indian-held Kashmir.

"Two militants were killed in a protracted gun battle today, police spokesperson, Manoj Sheeri told AA. Two policemen were also wounded."

The gun battle started on Sunday evening at a house in the Ahmad Nagar, Soura locality of Srinagar and ended on Monday afternoon.

Police said that specific information led Indian Armed Forces into launching an operation in the area which prompted gunfire from fighters.

According to the residents of Ahmad Nagar, the house where the militants had taken shelter during the night was damaged in the gun battle.

On Sunday, two fighters struck the house of a local political activist in South Kashmir killing two policemen. The attackers were later killed in a gun battle.

The militant attacks have led to an increased presence of Indian Armed forces IHK and a tightening of security in Indian-held Kashmir, as parliamentary elections in the valley are less than two weeks away.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. The two countries have fought three full-fledged wars – in 1948, 1965 and 1971 – since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir.

Since 1989, Kashmiri resistance groups in Indian-held Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

More than 70,000 people have reportedly been killed in the conflict so far.

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