Two killed after Indian troops open fire on civilians in held Kashmir

Randolph Lopez
Августа 4, 2017

Another soldier was critically wounded in the incident. One of the slain soldiers was an Indian army major, Vaid said.

Two people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in the wake of the assassination of a notable leader of the Lashkar-e-Taba (LeT) in the city of Srinagar.

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.

Khan said the trapped militants fired at the troops, triggering a gunbattle which lasted at least two hours.

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The spokesperson further said that over 110 people mostly young boys were injured after Indian forces used excessively brutal forces, bullets, pellets and teargas shells on defenceless Kashmiris during peaceful protests in occupied Kashmir. "Three soldiers were evacuated by air but two of them died before reaching a military hospital", a police officer said.

He said it has been observed that ever since the present BJP government came to power in India, the India-Pakistan relationship has witnessed a downward trajectory. 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.

Parts of Kashmir have been administered by nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both nations claim the region to themselves 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.

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

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