Gunfight erupts in Indian-controlled Kashmir between militants, troops

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct 14, 2017 (BSS/XINHUA) – A gunfight between militants and Indian troops broke out Saturday in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The gunfight erupted at village Litter in Pulwama district, about 47 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

“A gunfight has begun just now between militants and government forces in village Litter of Pulwama district,” a police spokesman in Srinagar said. “The army and police contingents cordoned off the area this morning on specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants. As the contingents moved closer to the suspected area, it was fired upon, triggering a gunfight.”

Police officials suspect presence of two to three militants in the area.

“We are inside our house but outside gunfire is going on,” Ghulam Nabi, a local resident told Xinhua over telephone.

On Wednesday two militants and two air force personnel were killed in a fierce gunfight between militants and Indian troops in Bandipora district of the region.

A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. The gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently across the region.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.