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3 Rebels, 2 Indian Soldiers Killed in Kashmir Fighting

August 13, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — Three Kashmiri rebels and two Indian soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region, police said Sunday.

The fighting erupted Saturday after Indian troops raided southern Awneera village on a tip that at least seven rebels fighting New Delhi’s rule over Kashmir were hiding there, said top police officer S.P. Vaid.

He said militants lobbed hand grenades and fired automatic rifles from two civilian homes and an apple orchard, killing two soldiers. At least three other soldiers were wounded.

Police said the firing stopped late in the night but resumed early Sunday, when three rebels were killed. Vaid said they were affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest Kashmiri insurgent group.

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Residents said a civilian home was destroyed after troops blasted it with explosives.

Anti-India protests followed the fighting Saturday and Sunday, leading to clashes between rock-throwing residents and government forces who fired shotgun pellets and tear gas.

At least seven protesters were reported injured in the clashes.

Separately, two police officials and a soldier were injured after rebels sprayed gunfire at government forces laying a cordon in northeastern Hajin area early Sunday.

Also Sunday, a civilian who was wounded in a petrol bomb attack in the region’s main city of Srinagar died in a hospital. Police said unknown perpetrators hurled the bomb at a police party on Saturday but missed the target, hitting the passer-by.

In recent years, Kashmiris, mainly youths, have displayed open solidarity with anti-India rebels and sought to protect them by engaging troops in street clashes during military operations against the militants. The anti-India protests and clashes have persisted despite the Indian army chief warning recently that “tough action” would be taken against stone throwers during counterinsurgency operations.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety. Rebel groups demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir’s mostly Muslim population and most people support the rebels’ cause against Indian rule. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies.

Government forces kill top LeT commander in Indian Kashmir

August 1, 2017

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© AFP/File | Protests and clashes over the killing of Abu Dujana, a top commander of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, spread to the Kashmir capital of Srinagar

SRINAGAR (INDIA) (AFP) – Indian forces on Tuesday killed a top commander of Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba during a raid in Kashmir and hailed it as a “major achievement”.Abu Dujana, considered one of the key fighters battling security forces in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir, was trapped in a house in a pre-dawn operation, and killed along with an aide, police said.

A civilian was also killed and at least 20 people were injured when government forces fired teargas and bullets at hundreds of villagers who tried to march on the site of the firefight, a police source said.

Police special counterinsurgency forces surrounded the village of Harkipora, south of the Kashmir capital of Srinagar, after a tip off that the militant and aide were inside a house. A fierce gunfight followed, police sources said.

“LeT chief commander Abu Dujana of Pakistan along with his accomplice killed in Harkipora Pulwama, huge achievement for police and SF (security forces),” a police statement said.

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Witnesses said one of two houses from which the militants fired was set ablaze by soldiers and another was blown up using heavy explosives.

A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Dujana’s aide was identified as a teenage local rebel and their bodies were charred “nearly beyond recognition”.

The civilian casualties came as hundreds of villagers tried to march towards the site of the firefight throwing stones and shouting slogans like “Go India, go back” and “We want freedom”, the officer said.

Stone-throwing civilians, sometimes entire communities, have increasingly gone out onto the streets to support rebels trapped by military cordons in a bid to help them escape.

Witnesses said protests and clashes spread to other areas in southern parts of the Kashmir valley as well as Lal Chowk, the main commercial center of Srinagar.

Government forces have been hunting for years for Dujana, who had a reputation for being “smart and a master of disguise”. He was believed to have escaped at least five previous military cordons.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full.

Rebels groups, including LeT, have for decades fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the Indian-controlled section of the territory, demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.

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Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorist Abu Dujana Killed By Indian Forces While Visiting Wife in Kashmir — Designated a category “A++” terrorist

August 1, 2017

Lashkar terrorist Abu Dujana was killed in a joint anti-terror operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama this morning.

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All India | Reported by Nazir Masoodi, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Updated: August 01, 2017 13:07 IST

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Top Lashkar terrorist Abu Dujana was killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

-Lashkar terrorist Abu Dujana killed in encounter in Pulwama
-Dujana was hiding in a house with 3 other terrorists
-He was wanted in over 3 dozen attacks on security forces and civilians

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Abu Dujana, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist listed among the most-wanted in Jammu and Kashmir for dozens of attacks, was killed in a joint anti-terror operation in Pulwama this morning, in a major catch for security forces. A civilian was killed when security forces fired at a mob of protesters who threw stones during the encounter.

Abu Dujana was hiding in a house in Hakripora village with his associate Arif Lilhaari when security forces surrounded the area around 4.30 am. The forces had acted on intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the village and had circled the village late last night.

Pakistan-born Dujana, say sources, had gone to meet his wife and had followed a pattern tracked by police during his past visits. After the tip-off, the police positioned watchers around the house and they waited silently for nearly two hours.

When the forces arrived, the terrorists opened fire, prompting retaliatory shots. Sources said the personnel had to blow up the house, “there was no option”.

Dujana was Lashkar’s commander for the Kashmir Valley but a few months ago, he was disarmed by his group after a rift within the ranks of the terror organisation.

Designated a category “A++” terrorist, Dujana was wanted in over three dozen attacks on security forces and civilians and carried a reward of Rs. 15 lakh. His name was on the list of wanted terrorists of the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen compiled by security forces.

Sources say Dujana had many close calls earlier. He managed to escape in May allegedly because of a mob that threw stones at security forces during an encounter.

Internet services have been snapped in south Kashmir as a precaution after the terrorists’ killing. The speed of Internet services in other parts of the Valley has been significantly reduced.

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Pakistan Rejects U.S. Sanctions Against Kashmir Militant — “The head of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group is not a terrorist”

June 27, 2017

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan came out in defense of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists.

The U.S. State Department’s designation of Syed Salahuddin, the head of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group based in Pakistan, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist was unjustified, Pakistan’s foreign office said.

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The U.S. decision came just days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the White House for his first talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

India, which blames Pakistan for stoking the 28-year-old armed revolt in Muslim-majority Kashmir, has under Modi stepped up international efforts to put pressure on Pakistan to act against militant groups operating from its soil.

Pakistan denies giving material help to the Kashmiri separatists but reiterated on Tuesday it would continue to provide political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination.

“The 70-year-old indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir remains legitimate. The designation of individuals supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as terrorists is completely unjustified,” the foreign ministry statement said.

A spokesman for Salahuddin, who is based in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, did not answer his handphone.

Tensions have been running high along the de facto border which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Over the past year, militant violence and anti-India protests have increased as Modi’s rightwing government seeks to tackle the revolt with a firmer hand.

At the talks on Monday, Modi and Trump called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries, the White House said in a statement.

Salahuddin’s Hizbul Mujahideen is the biggest militant fighting group Indian forces in Kashmir. Unlike the Lashkar-e-Taiba and other groups operating from Pakistan soil, the Hizb is a largely indigenous Kashmir group and its leader seen as a hero.

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In its announcement, the State Department said that in September 2016, Salahuddin had vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces”.

As a consequence of the designation as a global terrorist, U.S. individuals are banned from engaging in financial transactions with Salahuddin and all his property in the U.S. is blocked, the State Department said.

Salahuddin, who is from Badgam town in Indian Kashmir, was an Islamist politician who turned to militancy after he lost an election for the Kashmir legislative assembly in 1987, which he says was “massively rigged” by India.

He first crossed into Pakistan-administered Kashmir in 1990 and went back to Indian Kashmir several times for militant action when he would also meet his family under cover of darkness.

(Reporting by Kay Johnson; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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Indian army accuses Pakistan of unprovoked attack on troops, then mutilating their bodies

May 2, 2017

Indian army accuses Pakistan of unprovoked attack on troops as militants kill five officers and two staff in bank raid

Indian soldiers and police clash with Kashmiri civilians during protests last week.
Indian soldiers and police clash with Kashmiri civilians during protests last week. Photograph: Mukhtar Khan/APAgence France-Presse in Srinagar

India’s security forces have suffered a double blow in Kashmir, with five police officers shot dead in a bank raid and two soldiers killed in an attack on the border with Pakistan.

Early on Monday, the Indian army accused Pakistan of killing two of its soldiers and mutilating their bodies in an “unprovoked” rocket and mortar attack in the disputed border region.

The army said Pakistani troops attacked a patrol operating between two border posts on the de facto frontier known as the line of control in the remote Himalayan region.

“In an unsoldierly act by the Pak army the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated,” it said, warning of an “appropriate response”.

The Pakistani army denied responsibility for the cross-border attack, and said the mutilation claims were false. “Pakistan army is a highly professional force and shall never disrespect a soldier, even Indian,” it said.

India’s defence minister, Arun Jaitley, said the incident was “the handiwork of a neighbouring nation”.

In a separate event later in the day, suspected militants opened fire on a bank van carrying cash about 45 miles (70km) south of Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, killing everybody on board, police said.

“All the seven in the van, five policemen and two bank employees, were killed,” the director general of police, SP Vaid, said of the raid in Pumbai, Kulgam district.

The assailants escaped with cash and weapons, another police officer said on condition of anonymity.

In a statement to a local news agency, the Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack and warned more would follow.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the predominantly Muslim Kashmir valley, one of the world’s most heavily militarised spots, where most people favour independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Apart from armed militant groups, the roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers in Kashmir are regularly involved in clashes with civilians. Last week they shot at a crowd of demonstrators outside a garrison where militants had previously killed three soldiers, hitting one civilian who later died.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/02/kashmir-attacks-kill-indian-soldiers-and-police-officers

Protesters and government forces in Indian Kashmir clashed for a second day Sunday — 18 people killed in some of the worst civilian unrest since 2010

July 10, 2016

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© AFP / by Parvaiz Bukhari | An Indian paramilitary troop stands guard during a curfew in Srinagar on July 10, 2016

SRINAGAR (INDIA) (AFP) – Protesters and government forces in Indian Kashmir clashed for a second day Sunday as anger over the death of an influential rebel leader boiled over, with 18 people killed in some of the worst civilian unrest to hit the region since 2010.

Another 200 people have been wounded in the violence, many of them protesters who were hit when government forces fired tear gas canisters and live ammunition on Saturday.

Among the 18 dead was a police man who drowned when angry protesters pushed an armoured vehicle into a river in the southern district of Sangam on Sunday, a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Thousands of residents of the disputed region are defying a government-imposed curfew to take to the streets in protest at the killing on Friday of rebel leader Burhan Wani.

The state government, which has also cut off internet and mobile phone networks to try to stop the protests spreading, called for calm on Sunday.

“They (protesters) should not take their protests to a level where a man holding a gun is forced to open fire,” said spokesman Nayeem Akhtar.

There were also reports of security forces attacking hospitals and ambulances treating the wounded.

“Attacking hospitals and ambulances is a crime under the international humanitarian law and Indian armed forces have been repeatedly accused of this crime in Kashmir,” said the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, a rights group, in a statement.

Wani, a 22-year-old commander of Kashmir’s largest rebel group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), was killed along with two other rebels during a brief gun battle with government forces.

Police say protesters have set police stations on fire and thrown rocks at army camps in the south of the restive region.

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It is the worst civilian violence to hit the restive region since 2010, when mass protests broke out against Indian rule.

Wani joined the HM rebel group at the age of just 15, and was viewed as a hero by many in Kashmir. The state’s former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted after his death that he had become the “new icon of Kashmir’s disaffected”.

Witnesses said tens of thousands attended his funeral on Saturday despite the curfew, chanting independence slogans and firing pistol shots in his honour.

HM is one of several groups that for decades have been fighting around half a million Indian troops deployed in the region, calling for independence for Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan.

Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989.

Violence has sharply declined in recent years following a major crackdown by the hundreds of thousands of forces deployed in the region.

But a recent uptick in militant attacks has galvanised frustrated young Kashmiris, many of whom deeply resent the military’s presence.

In recent months there have been several instances of protesters converging on the scene of gun battles, throwing stones and hurling abuse at security forces to provide a distraction and enable trapped rebels to escape.

by Parvaiz Bukhari