In different areas across Indian-administered Kashmir separatists and security forces clashed on Thursday.
In one attack, a member of India’s Territorial Army, a counter-insurgency force active in Kashmir, was killed. In another, an activist of a pro-Indian political party was wounded, Kashmir police officials said.
Two of the rebel fatalities, including that of the Jaish field commander, were the result of a clash in the frontier Rajouri district, police said.
The third fatality, a rebel belonging to the Jamiat-ul-Mujahidin, was killed in a clash with Indian security forces in the woods of Kupwara district. He has been identified by local police as Tariq Muhammad, a resident of Pakistani-administered-Kashmir.
Another commander belonging to Kashmir’s main indigenous fighting group, Hizb al-Mujahidin, was shot dead by Indian soldiers in southern Anantnag district, police said.
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For their part, suspected rebels shot and seriously wounded a Muslim activist of Kashmir’s opposition National Conference party at Marmat in the central district of Budgam overnight, police said.
Even more daring was the attack on Thursday in Kupwara, close to the Line of Control, the de facto border that splits Kashmir between Indian- and Pakistani-administered regions, which saw the killing of a soldier of the Indian Territorial Army.
Latif Ahmad was on leave when rebels barged into his home in the Machael area, about 110km north-west of summer capital Srinagar, and shot him dead.
Latif is the second member of the Territorial Army to be slain by suspected separatists in recent months.