Border Firefight, Violence Leaves Ten Dead In Indian Kashmir

Border Firefight, Violence Leaves Ten Dead In Indian Kashmir

30 August 2010
AFP
Izhar Wani

Srinagar: Indian troops killed nine suspected militants as they tried to cross the de facto border with Pakistan that divides the volatile region of Kashmir, the army said Monday. Elsewhere in Indian-controlled Kashmir fresh violence left a boy dead and 12 injured when police opened fire on anti-India protesters in separate clashes. 'The army has foiled a major infiltration attempt by killing nine militants who were trying to infiltrate into (Indian) Kashmir from across the Line of Control (LoC),' army spokesman J.S. Brar told AFP. He said a gun battle erupted late Sunday in western Uri sector and continued throughout the night after troops noticed a group of militants trying to sneak in under the cover of darkness. 'The operation is still continuing in the dense forests,' Brar said, adding army reinforcements had been sent to the scene of the fighting. India has in the past accused the Pakistani army of providing covering fire for infiltrating militants. Islamabad denies the charge. India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in 2003 and began a peace process in 2004. Since then there have been sporadic clashes with both sides accusing each other of violating the truce. A young Muslim boy was killed and four others injured when police opened fire to disperse stone-throwing protesters during an anti-India demonstration in southern Anantnag town Monday evening, police said. The death brought more people out on the streets chanting slogans such as 'Blood for blood!' In Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, six people were injured when police opened fire. Police said the incident occurred when a group of protesters hurled stones at police and shouted slogans. Residents said there were no protests when the shots were fired. Doctors said one of the injured was in serious condition. Two of the wounded were relatives of senior separatist Yasin Malik. The policeman who opened fire has been suspended, pending an inquiry, a police statement said. Two more stone-hurling protesters were injured in southern Pulwama district when police opened fire at violent demonstrators, police said. Tensions have been threatening to boil over during 11 weeks of demonstrations with 65 protesters and bystanders killed in the Muslim-majority region, where anti-India feelings run deep.


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