3 insurgents, five Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

India killed the leader of a Kashmiri independence group and his bodyguard in Kashmir, police said on Friday, while at least five Indian soldiers and another insurgents died in a separate gun battle.

3 insurgents, five Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir
India killed Abu Atif, on Thursday to the south of the summer capital of Srinagar, described by Indian police as the operational chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kashmir.

His bodyguard was also killed, police said.

In another incident, five more Indian soldiers and an insurgent were killed on Friday in a prolonged gun battle that first broke out on Tuesday, an army spokesman said, taking the death toll from that clash to 18.

It was the heaviest toll in a single firefight in the Himalayan region for two years.

A soldier and 11 insurgents had earlier been killed in the battle, which broke out in Kupwara Forest close to the "Line of Control" that divides the disputed region between India and Pakistan.


Reuters
Last Mod: 05 Temmuz 2008, 11:44
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