Militant Commander, Two Civilians Killed In Kashmir Gunbattle

10 August 2008
Agence France-Presse


Srinagar: Indian troops shot dead a wanted Kashmiri rebel commander during a forest gun battle that also left two Muslim farmers dead, police said Sunday. The fighting took place overnight near Tangmarg, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, a police statement said. The area is at the foot of a mountain chain that marks the Line of Control, the heavily-militarised de facto border that divides the Indian and Pakistani parts of the disputed Kashmir region. India has complained of a recent increase in militant infiltrations from Pakistan in recent months.