Indian Soldiers Killed In Kashmir29 January 2010
Srinagar: Two Indian soldiers have been killed in a gun battle with separatist militants in Indian-administered Kashmir, a senior army official said. The incident happened in the remote mountainous area of Kishtwar, about 240km (150 miles) north-east of Jammu. The troops came under fire after they cordoned off an area following a tip-off about the presence of militants. Violence in Indian-administered Kashmir has declined dramatically in recent years, officials say. About 30,000 troops have been withdrawn as rebel attacks decreased. After the incident on Thursday night, the exchange of fire continued for some time, the army said. Senior official Brig Gurdeep Singh said security forces were carrying out searches in the area. Indian officials say there have been several attempts by militants to cross the border since the beginning of 2010. On Tuesday, security forces said they had foiled one such attempt. They said there was an exchange of fire in the Jammu region and the intruders returned to Pakistani-controlled territory.