World Bulletin / News Desk
One police officer was killed and three others were wounded in Sopore town of the Indian held Kashmir (IHK) in a fierce gun battle with armed groups this morning.
Sources at the police department said that the group had managed to escape from the heavy police cordon and a search and sweep operations are continuing in the area after the first encounter this year in the Indian held Kashmir.
"An assistant sub-inspector of the police, Mohammad Kafeel, died at the hospital while the wounded officers are stable and out of danger," Manoj Sheeri, spokesperson for the police department, told Anadolu Agency.
The encounter began this morning when a police party cordoned an area after receiving a tip-off about armed group presence in the area.
According to police, three officers were hit by shrapnel from a hand grenade the attackers threw at the police, while another officer was shot. They were moved to a hospital in Srinagar where one succumbed to his injuries.
The town of Sopore, about 50 kilometers north of the provincial capital Srinagar, is one of the strongholds of resistance against Indian rule in the IHK and has been a hotbed of militant activity.
Despite a heavy security cordon by the police special forces, couter-insurgency soldiers and army troops, the militants managed to escape under covering fire. Police have not announced any arrests or casualty figures among the militants.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed in full by both. 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 IHK 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.Last Mod: 07 Ocak 2014, 14:18