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7 Kashmir rebels killed before Obama's India trip

7 Kashmir rebels killed before Obama's India trip

Police say Indian forces killed seven suspected Muslim rebels in four gun battles this week in India-controlled portions of Kashmir.
Officials fear the rebels could step up attacks while President Barack Obama is visiting India this week to draw attention to the unrest in the disputed Himalayan region.
Senior police officer Shiv Murali Sahai says the rebels are "trying to create a situation where they may blame security forces for their actions."
Sahai said Wednesday that the seven militants killed this week across Kashmir were targeted based on intelligence information.
More than a dozen rebel groups are fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with neighboring Pakistan since 1989.


Updated : 2021-04-16 02:30 GMT+08:00