Indian troops kill seven 'rebels' in Kashmir
06 October, 2013
SRINAGAR: The Indian army, which alleges it has been locked in a nearly two-week battle with dozens of suspected Pakistan-backed rebels, said on Saturday it killed seven rebels in 24 hours in disputed Kashmir.
The military alleges it has been fighting 30 to 40 rebel infiltrators who crossed the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC).
"Four militants were killed in the Fateh Gali area" of Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) on Saturday, Colonel Rajesh Kalia told AFP, adding three other rebel suspects were killed in another gunbattle in nearby Gujardur area the previous day.
Kalia said assault rifles, pistols and rocket launchers were found at the scene of the latest firefight, just west of the abandoned village of Shala Bhattu in Kashmir's Keran sector. The fighting has been taking place in and around Shala Bhattu, 140 kilometres northwest of the main city of Srinagar.