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Indian troops kill seven in Kashmir clash

Indian troops kill seven in Kashmir clash

Indian troops killed seven Islamic militants in clashes in Kashmir, including four trying to cross from the Pakistani side of the disputed Himalayan state, the army said yesterday.
Indian army spokesman Colonel Manjinder Singh told Agence France-Presse the soldiers foiled "a major infiltration attempt" across the Line of Control. The heavily-militarized ceasefire line divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed rivals which both claim the whole territory and have fought two wars over it. The fighting was reported from the Kupwara district, which borders Pakistani Kashmir. India accuses Pakistan of arming and funding Kashmiri militants, a charge Islamabad denies.
At the same time, Indian troops shot dead three more militants in Kupwara close to the de facto border, the spokesman said. Kashmir is in the grip of a nearly 18-year insurgency that has killed more than 42,000 people, according to an official count.


Updated : 2021-08-05 22:48 GMT+08:00