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Soldier, Militant Killed in India-administered Kashmir

by AFP
Diptendu Dutta—AFP

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Gunbattle at Ladoora village resulted in the casualties.

An Indian soldier and a suspected militant were killed Wednesday during a gunbattle in Indian-administered Kashmir, the latest clash in the restive Himalayan region, a police officer said.

Acting on a tip-off, government forces confronted at least one militant inside a house in the village of Ladoora.

“One militant was killed and we had a fatal casualty of a soldier in the initial stage of the gunbattle,” Gharib Das, deputy inspector general of police for the area, told AFP. Das said it was unclear if more militants were in the area.

Government forces killed four suspected rebels last Thursday and captured another during a daylong battle in forests in the same area.

Several rebel groups have for decades battled hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in the region, seeking independence for Kashmir or its merger with Pakistan. The conflict has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

Indian and Pakistan border security chiefs are preparing to meet in New Delhi this month amid an increase in firing across their de facto border dividing the region.

Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan but claimed in its entirety by both since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. India often accuses Pakistan of arming and training rebels who infiltrate the Indian-controlled sector.

Islamabad says it only provides moral and diplomatic support for the Kashmiri people’s struggle for the right to self-determination.

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