Police kill 2 in India-occupied Kashmir

Hundreds of villagers angry at the killing of the suspected insurgent threw rocks at police who fired back using tear gas and bullets, killing one protester and injuring two others

Police kill 2 in India-occupied Kashmir

World Bulletin / News Desk

A civilian protesters and a suspected insurgent were killed in clashes with government forces Wednesday in disputed Indian-administered Kashmir, police said.

After receiving a tip-off about suspected rebels in Naina, some 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar, soldiers cordoned off the village Tuesday night, triggering a gun battle.

"One militant was killed during the overnight encounter," Nitish Kumar, deputy inspector general of police, said.

Hundreds of villagers angry at the killing of the suspected insurgent threw rocks at police who fired back using tear gas and bullets, killing one protester and injuring two others, Kumar said.

The protesters, chanting "We want freedom" and "Go India, go back" stood against India's occupation of Kashmir.

A part of Kashmir has been illegally occupied by India since the end of British colonial rule in 1947.

Several insurgent groups have for decades fought Indian forces deployed in the restive Himalayan region, either for outright independence or a merger of the Indian-occupied territory with Pakistan.

The fighting has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians.

Armed violence in the region has sharply declined during the last decade, but encounters between rebels and government forces occur frequently.     

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