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Three Killed as Militants Attack Airport Security Camp in Indian-Controlled Kashmir

October 3, 2017

SRINAGAR — Indian police on Tuesday killed two militants who attacked a security camp next to the main airport in the disputed Kashmir region, officials said.

One Indian security official was also killed during the attack and three officers were wounded, Kashmir police chief Muneer Khan told Reuters.

“The firing is going on. One militant is still alive and we will eliminate him soon,” Khan told Reuters.

The security camp of India’s Border Security Force shares a boundary wall with the airport in Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir. Its main gate is about 500 meters from the airport.

Flight operations were disrupted for a while due to the attack but have now resumed, Khan said.

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India’s Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Srinagar’s Humhuma area near the airport. ANI photo

Militants have in recent months targeted police camps in Kashmir. In August, at least eight Indian police officials were killed when militants attacked a security camp in southern Kashmir.

India accuses Pakistan of training and arming militants and helping them infiltrate across the Line of Control that divides Kashmir. Pakistan denies those allegations.

The South Asian neighbors have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.

(Reporting by Fayaz Bukhari in Srinagar; Writing by Aditya Kalra; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Terrorists attacked a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Srinagar’s Humhuma area in the wee hours of Tuesday. Two terrorists have been killed in the ongoing gunfight while three BSF personnel have sustained injuries.

Suspected militants entered the 182 battalion of the BSF camp near the Srinagar Airport outside the Airforce station at Gogo Humhama around 4.30 am.The body of the second terrorist is yet to be retrieved.

Three Fidayeen attackers are believed to have entered the BSF camp. According to sources, two of the terrorists are inside the administrative block. Troops of CRPF, 53 RR, BSF and SOG zonal have cordoned off the building where terrorists are holed up.

While the routes leading to the airport have been sealed, all morning flights have been suspended. Intermittent firing is on. Senior officials are present on the spot.

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Vicinity of Srinagar Airport; passengers stranded as way to the airport has been closed after attack on BSF camp nearby.

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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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Hizbul Mujahideen

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.

5 Terrorists Killed In Kashmir — Jammu And Machil Sector, Major Infiltration Bid Foiled

August 7, 2017

All India | Written by Sheikh Zaffar Iqbal | Updated: August 07, 2017 21:56 IST

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SRINAGAR:  A major infiltration bid was prevented in Jammu and Kashmir’s Machil Sector on Monday evening when five infiltrators who were trying to cross the Line of Control were killed by security forces.

“A major infiltration bid was foiled today in the Machil sector by alert troops,” a defence spokesman said in Srinagar.

“Five weapons have been recovered from the terrorists. The operation is still going on in the area,” Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

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Around 40 terrorists trying to cross the Line of Control have been killed by security forces this year.

Meanwhile, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Uri sector and fired towards Indian posts, the Army said.

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3 Kashmir Rebels Killed in Fighting With Indian Troops

August 5, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — A gunbattle between Indian troops and Kashmiri rebels on Saturday killed three insurgents in the disputed Himalayan region and triggered a new round of anti-India protests and clashes.

The fighting began after government forces raided a cluster of homes on a tip that rebels were hiding in northwestern Sopore area, said police Inspector-General Muneer Ahmed Khan. He said that as the soldiers began searching homes, they came under gunfire from militants.

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) Inspector-General of Police Muneer Ahmed Khan appealed public to give Kashmir Police time to end the violence

In the ensuing battle, three rebels were killed and a police official injured, he said.

As the news of the killings spread, protests and clashes erupted in several parts of the region as residents chanted slogans against Indian rule and in favor of rebels who have fought against New Delhi’s rule since 1989.

Soldiers fired at rock-throwing protesters in Bandipora area and wounded at least three civilians.

In an escalating confrontation in the last seven days, at least 10 rebels and four civilians have died in five gunbattles and subsequent anti-India clashes. Two Indian army soldiers also have been killed in a rebel ambush.

In a first, non-local Hindu militant arrested in Kashmir: Police

Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK — Muneer Ahmed Khan Inspector General of police Kashmir shows Sandeep Kumar a Hindu nonlocal militant during a news conference

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.

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.

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

Rebel groups have largely been suppressed by Indian forces in recent years and public opposition to Indian rule is now principally expressed through street protests.

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Two rebels, two Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir — Lashkar-e-Taiba involved on India’s border

August 3, 2017

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© AFP/File | Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard after Kashmiri separatists called for a one-day strike to protest a civilian killing in Srinagar on August 2, 2017

SRINAGAR (INDIA) (AFP) – Two Indian soldiers and two rebels were killed in armed clashes on Thursday, officials said, in another day of bloodshed in Kashmir where tensions are high following the death of a prominent militant.The rebels were killed in Kulgam, south of the main city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, when they walked into an ambush laid by Indian soldiers.

“It was a deliberate and swift operation,” an army officer told AFP.

In a separate incident, two Indian troops were killed and another injured in a shootout with militants in Shopian district, the officer said on condition of anonymity.

The soldiers came under fire as they surrounded a house suspected of harbouring militants, and were evacuated from the scene. It was not clear if the rebels inside evaded capture.

“Three soldiers were evacuated by air but two of them died before reaching a military hospital,” a police officer said.

The violence comes just days after Indian forces killed top militant commander Abu Dujana, who headed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group in Kashmir.

His death sparked protests and violent clashes across Kashmir, in which two civilians, including a teenage student, were killed.

Schools and colleges remained shut Thursday amid fears of further protests against Indian rule.

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

For decades rebel groups, including LeT, have fought 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.

The fighting and India’s counterinsurgency campaign since 1989 has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

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Anti-India Strike, Security Lockdown Shuts Disputed Kashmir After Indian Troops Killed Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorist, 17-Year-Old Boy

August 2, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — A teenage boy has died in Indian-controlled Kashmir a day after he was wounded by government forces during anti-India protests, triggering a fresh strike by separatists.

The 17-year-old died early Wednesday at a hospital in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, where businesses and shops have been shut to protest his death.

Authorities clamped a curfew in the old parts of Srinagar in anticipation of more protests against Indian rule. The boy died Tuesday during demonstrations that erupted after troops killed two top rebels in a gunbattle and fatally shot a civilian.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and both the countries claim it in its entirety. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 against Indian rule. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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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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Anti-India Protests Erupt in Kashmir After Troops Kill Rebels, Civilian — Demanding an end to Indian rule — Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorist Group Kashmir Chief Abu Dujana Killed

August 1, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — Anti-India protests and clashes have erupted in disputed Kashmir after government forces killed two senior militants in a gunbattle and fatally shot a protester during an ensuing protest demanding an end to Indian rule.

Police said the two militants were killed Tuesday after police and soldiers on a tip cordoned off southern Hakripora village.

Residents defied the security lockdown and clashed with government forces in an attempt to help the trapped militants escape.

A young man was killed and dozens of others were injured in the clashes.

Protests and clashes against Indian rule spread to several other places across Kashmir as students boycotted classes and hit the streets.

Rebel groups have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba Kashmir chief Abu Dujana killed in Pulwama encounter

THE ASIAN AGE. | YUSUF JAMEEL
Published : Aug 1, 2017, 8:57 am IST
Updated : Aug 1, 2017, 11:32 am IST

According to reports, there are two or three LeT terrorists who are engaged in the encounter.

An encounter between security forces and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists is underway at Hakripora village in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district. (Photo: ANI/Twitter)

 An encounter between security forces and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists is underway at Hakripora village in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama district. (Photo: ANI/Twitter)

Srinagar: Abu Dujana, who figured on top of the list of “most dangerous terrorists” released by the Army in June this year, is believed to be among the two gunmen shot dead by security forces in a fierce encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.

Police and Army sources said that the fighting broke out in Pulwama’s Hakripora village early on Tuesday morning. The encounter began after the Army, the counterinsurgency Special Operations Group of the J&K police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a joint a cordon-and-search operation based on inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area.

“Two terrorists have so far been killed. One of them is Arif Lihari, a local Kashmiri. The other is said to be Abu Dujara but we are verifying it,” said a senior police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The militants were trapped in Hakripora after the operation was launched at 4 am, locals said. The encounter broke out after security forces zeroed in on a house where terrorists were hiding, police sources said. Later, security forces used explosives, mortars and improvised explosive devices to blow the house up, a report said.

Internet services in parts of south Kashmir have been snapped in view of rising tensions. Also, the rail services have been suspended “as a precautionary measure”.

On June 1, the Army released a list of top 12 militants active mainly in Jammu and Kashmir’s southern districts, falling in two categories of ‘A’ and ‘A++’ and belonging to the Hizb-ul-Mujahedin (HM),  Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).

Abu Dujana, alias Hafiz (LeT Divisional Commander, South Kashmir), was listed under the A++ category. The Army had said that he is based out of Pakistan and has been active since December 14, 2014.

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Curfew, Clashes After Indian Troops Kill 3 Kashmiri Rebels

July 12, 2017

SRINAGAR, India — Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday after three men police identified as rebels were killed in a gunbattle with government forces.

The fighting began overnight after Indian troops raided western Radbugh village following a tip that militants were hiding there, said police Inspector-General Muneer Ahmed Khan.

He said the gunfight lasted the whole night and the three rebels were killed early Wednesday.

Authorities imposed a curfew in downtown Srinagar, anticipating protests and clashes opposing Indian rule because two of the dead men were natives of the city.

As news of the killings spread, residents defied the restrictions and threw rocks at police and paramilitary soldiers while chanting pro-rebel slogans against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region.

The troops fired tear gas to quell the protests and brought more reinforcements to impose a security lockdown in the city’s downtown.

Many traders shuttered their shops and businesses in non-curfew areas of the city in solidarity with the rebels.

Hundreds participated in the funeral of one of the slain militants in Srinagar while chanting pro-freedom slogans. A group of young men briefly clashed with soldiers after the rebel’s burial.

No one was reported injured.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir to become independent or merge with Pakistan. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir’s mostly Muslim population and most people support the rebels’ cause against Indian rule despite a decades-long military crackdown to fight the armed rebellion.

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

Rebel groups have largely been suppressed by Indian forces in recent years and public opposition to Indian rule is now principally expressed through street protests.

At Least Six Hindu Pilgrims Killed in Militant Attack in Indian Kashmir

July 10, 2017

SRINAGAR,India (Reuters) – At least six Hindu pilgrims were killed in Indian Kashmir on Monday when militants attacked police guarding them during their trek to a remote mountain shrine, police said, an attack likely to raise tensions in the region.

Police inspector general Munir Ahmad Khan said the attack was aimed at a police commando group in Anantnag town, which lies on the way to the Amarnath shrine and was teeming with pilgrims. Six pilgrims and three policemen were wounded in the attack, he said.

The attack is likely to raise the ire of hardline Hindu groups tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling groups who have long sought tough action against militants fighting Indian rule in Muslim majority Kashmir.

(Reporting by Fayaz Bukhari in SRINAGAR; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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Amarnath Temple pilgrims