Nine killed in Kashmir despite truce

Nine people, six of them rebels, have been killed in a day of bloodshed in Indian Kashmir although a truce between the armies of India and Pakistan across the border was holding for a second day.

    Militants refused an order by Indian army to surrender

    An Indian police spokesman said on Thursday four rebels were killed in Gool village in southern Udhampur district after police, acting on a tip-off, surrounded their hideout.

    He said the militants refused an order to surrender and a firefight ensued, during which four guerrillas were gunned down.

    In another incident on Thursday, two militants were killed by members of India's Border Security Force (BSF) in a gunbattle in neighbouring Doda district.

    A BSF member was wounded in the clash, he added. 

    A civilian was killed when suspected militants lobbed a grenade at Indian troops in the Amira Kadal area of Srinagar, which missed its target and killed a watchmaker. 

    Twelve other civilians were injured in the blast, which sparked panic in the area that was still packed for the Eid al-Fitr holidays, police said.

    Police officer killed

    Overnight, suspected militants shot dead police officer Shams-u-Din in the central Budgam district. He was working at a police station in Shopian, 50 kilometers south of Srinagar, police said. 

    In a similar attack, suspected rebels gunned down policeman Reyaz Ahmed at his house. Ahmed worked with the local police counter-insurgency wing in his area of Kulgam, 70 kilometers south of Srinagar.

    The Indian and Pakistani militaries on Wednesday began a ceasefire over their border in Kashmir, but both New Delhi and pro-Pakistani rebels have said there will be no truce inside Indian Kashmir, where an insurgency has raged since 1989. 

    SOURCE: AFP


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