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Pakistani Rebel Freed From Indian Hospital in Kashmir Raid — Breakout Assisted By Other Pakistanis — Fled on a motorcycle

February 6, 2018

 

Indian paramilitary troops stand guard at a hospital in Srinagar on February 6, 2018. (AFP)
SRINAGAR, India: Two gunmen opened fire Tuesday in a hospital in India-administered Kashmir where a Pakistani militant was brought for treatment, an official said, escaping with the high-profile prisoner and killing a police officer in the daring assault.
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A manhunt is underway after the assailants stormed the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar and opened fire on police guarding Naveed Jutt, a Pakistani rebel imprisoned in the restive province since 2014.
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“The militants attacked the policemen inside the hospital, killed one accompanying the Pakistani prisoner, and fled on a motorcycle,” deputy inspector general of police Ghulam Hassan Bhat told AFP.
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He said another officer was critically wounded in the audacious daytime attack in the heart of the capital city of Indian Kashmir. Patients and hospital staff panicked but none were injured.
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Terrorists fire shots inside Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar at IndiaTV News
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Bhat said a manhunt was underway to capture Jutt, an influential rebel who ranked second in command of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group at the time of his arrest.
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The Pakistan-based militant group is active in Indian Kashmir, regularly staging armed assaults on the roughly half a million Indian soldiers deployed to the divided Himalayan territory.
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Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital Srinagar.
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India blames Pakistan for arming, training and deploying militant groups, including LeT, to foment unrest in the part of Kashmir controlled by New Delhi where many support the rebel cause.
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Islamabad denies the allegations, saying it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for a right to self determination.
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Pakistan and India both control parts of Kashmir but claim the whole of the territory and have fought two of their three wars over it since independence in 1947.
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LeT has been blamed for a string of deadly attacks inside India, most notably the Mumbai carnage in November 2008 that left more than 160 people dead in violence on the streets of the financial capital.
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India, Pakistan continue trading fire and blame in Kashmir

January 22, 2018
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An Indian man pulls a motorbike from the debris of a razed building after firing from the Pakistan side of the border into Jora farm village 35 kilometers (22 miles) in Ranbir Singh Pura district of Jammu and Kashmir, India, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. The villages are almost deserted along the international border as almost the entire population have moved to safer ground away from the volatile border region. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
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Indian and Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other’s posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir after a day’s lull, killing at least one civilian and wounding three others, officials said Monday.

Fighting erupted overnight as the rivals traded gunfire and shelling until dawn Monday, leaving a civilian dead and three others injured on the Indian side. The two sides resumed intermittent fighting at several places later Monday, officials said.

The recent flare-up has left 13 civilians and nine soldiers dead and dozens injured on the two sides. The fighting also has caused extensive damage and sent tens of thousands of residents fleeing from their border homes.

In Pakistan, two army officials confirmed that skirmishes continued in various parts of Kashmir, causing panic among local villagers, who were moving to safer places. The officials said Pakistan responded to Indian fire only after coming under attack.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Both of the nuclear-armed rivals routinely blame the other for starting any firing and insist they are only retaliating.

As in the past, both also called the violence an unprovoked violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement and summoned each other’s senior diplomats in their capitals to register their anger and protest. They also issued statements condemning the violence.

Officials say the latest violence has sent tens of thousands of villagers fleeing from their homes in hundreds of affected villages along the border to government buildings converted into temporary shelters or to the houses of friends and relatives living in safer places.

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and bullets and shrapnel have scarred homes and walls on both sides. Hundreds of cattle and livestock have also perished in the confrontation.

Indian civilian official Arun Manhas said an entire village along the frontier was destroyed in a fire caused by the shelling. He said over 100 cattle were killed in the village.

“Damage to the huts and cattle is huge in the village. It was a daunting task to shift over 4,000 cows and buffaloes from the village along with about 1,200 residents who are mainly milk suppliers for the vast area,” Manhas said.

Most of the fighting is taking place along the portion of the frontier which is somewhat-defined and where each country has a paramilitary border force guarding the lower-altitude 200-kilometer (125-mile) boundary separating Indian-controlled Kashmir and the Pakistani province of Punjab.

But the fighting has also escalated to the contentious frontier that includes a 740-kilometer (460-mile) rugged and mountainous stretch called the Line of Control that is guarded by the armies of India and Pakistan and splits Kashmir between the two nations.

Also Monday, Pakistan’s powerful army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited the border villages of Khuiratta and Ratta Arayan, where he was briefed on “Indian cease-fire violations” which resulted into civilian and troop casualties, according to a military statement.

It said Bajwa praised Pakistani troops for responding to the Indian fire.

The statement quoted Bajwa as saying that Indian troops were unethically targeting the civilian population, and he directed the army to construct bunkers for civilians.

Meanwhile, Kashmiri separatists who challenge India’s sovereignty over Kashmir called on both India and Pakistan to demonstrate “restraint and wisdom.”

Top separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani said the two countries should “play a constructive role for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.”

“The risk of collision between the two nuclear powers will be devastating not only for the region, but for the whole world,” he said.

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since 1947 over their competing claims to the region. Since 1947, they have each administered part of it.

Many see the fighting as part of what’s become a predictable cycle of violence, as the region convulses with decades-old animosities between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, where rebel groups demand that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

A flare-up last year similarly sent thousands to temporary shelters for days.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training anti-India rebels and also helping them by providing gunfire as cover for incursions into the Indian side.

Pakistan staunchly denies this, saying it offers only moral and diplomatic support to the militants and to Kashmiris who oppose Indian rule. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown since 1989.

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Associated Press writer Munir Ahmed in Islamabad, Pakistan contributed to this story.

Indian troops kill top militant in Kashmir

December 26, 2017

Indian paramilitary troopers stands guard as Kashmiri women walk during a one day strike in Srinagar on December 20, 2017. (AFP)

SRINAGAR: Government forces have killed the commander of a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said Tuesday, as the disputed territory ended its deadliest year for a decade.

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Noor Mohammad Tantray, the head in the Kashmir valley of the Jaish-e-Mohammad group, was trapped in a house outside the main city of Srinagar on Monday evening along with his associates, triggering a fierce overnight gunbattle.
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Police described the operation as a “significant breakthrough” after Tantray’s body was found under debris on Tuesday.
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Police and troops cordoned off a group of houses at Samboora, “which resulted in a fierce gunbattle leading to elimination of top JeM commander Noor Mohammad Tantray,” police said in a statement.
Tantray’s two associates managed to escape, a police official said on condition of anonymity.
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The 47-year-old JeM commander, who was only three feet tall according to police reports, was described by officials as a new “security headache” when he took over as head of the group in Indian Kashmir last year.
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According to police he spent 12 years in jail after being convicted in a case of militancy in 2003, but jumped parole two years later to rejoin JeM.
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As the news of Tantray’s death spread, hundreds of residents shouting “Go, India, go back!” spilt onto the streets, throwing stones and clashing with government forces who fired tear gas and pellet guns.
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At least six protesters were injured, a police officer said.
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Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan at the end of British colonial rule over the subcontinent in 1947. Both claim the entire Muslim-majority territory in full.
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Since 1989 rebel groups including JeM have been fighting Indian troops and police deployed in the Himalayan territory. They seek its merger with Pakistan or its independence.
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The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.
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Violence had steadily decreased during the last decade but this year some 350 deaths have been reported following the Indian army’s anti-militant offensive dubbed “Operation All-Out.”
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Officials and rights groups say 210 suspected rebels, mostly locals, 57 civilians and 82 troops or police have been killed this year.

Militants kill woman, ransack cop’s house in separate incidents in Kashmir’s Pulwama

October 22, 2017

Five masked militants ransacked the house of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat, an assistant sub-inspector in Batagund village of Tral area on Saturday evening

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Indian Army soldier take position behind a tree near the site of a gunfight after militants stormed the District Police Lines (DPL) in Pulwama, August 25, 2017. Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi

INDIA Updated: Oct 22, 2017 15:07 IST
Agencies, Srinagar

Militants gunned down a woman and critically injured another in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, the police said.The deceased has been identified as Yasmeena, a resident of Khonmoh, and the injured as Ruby, a resident of Seer Tral, they said.

A police cordon was put in place around the area to nab the culprits.

In a separate incident, a group of militants ransacked the house of a police official in the same district, authorities said.

Five masked militants ransacked the house of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in Batagund village of Tral area on Saturday evening.

The inmates of the house including Bhat’s father managed to escape immediately upon the arrival of the militants, the authorities added.

Also on Saturday, militants vandalised the houses of two ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) workers in Shopian and Pulwama districts.

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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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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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