Indian forces says attacks against Kashmiri fighters end
Clashed began on Dec. 31 after a security patrol was fired upon.
Attack of Indian government forces again Kashmiri fighters in icy Himalayan caves for nine days in Indian Kashmir has ended after about a dozen rebels escaped, the army said on Friday.
They said soldiers had begun mop up operation in the rugged mountains of Poonch near the Line of Control, a military control line that divides disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
Clashed, the longest in recent years in the disputed region, began on Dec. 31 after a security patrol was fired upon.
"The operations concluded in the afternoon of January 8," Colonel D. K. Kachari, an army spokesman, said in a statement.
Statement said that fighters could leave mountain because of prevailing climatic conditions, taking advantage of the rugged terrain.
The army had said three soldiers and four militants were killed in the firefight.
Pakistan and India, The nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought two of their three wars since 1947 over Kashmir, claim the region in full but rule it in part.
Reuters Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2009, 15:02