Rebels kill soldier in Held-Kashmir
24 September, 2013
SRINAGAR: Rebels shot and killed a paramilitary soldier and critically wounded another on Monday in a busy market in Indian-held Kashmir's (IHK) main city of Srinagar, police said.
The rebels, armed with a pistol, shot the soldiers from the Central Industrial Security Force while they were buying vegetables at the market, a senior police officer said.
"One of them died on the spot and the other is hospitalised with critical injuries," the city's police chief, Ashiq Bukhari, told AFP.
About a dozen rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces since 1989 for independence or merger with Pakistan of the Himalayan region. Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan by a heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) since the two countries won independence from Britain in 1947.
Overall militant violence has declined in Kashmir since India and Pakistan began a peace process in 2004, and attacks in Srinagar itself are rare now. No rebel group immediately claimed responsibility for Monday's attack.
In a separate incident on Monday morning, India's army said it had killed a militant who was trying to infiltrate the forested Machil area, 140 kilometres northwest of Srinagar.
"He (the militant) fired on being challenged and was killed in the ensuing gunfight," Colonel Brijesh Pandey told AFP.
The militant's body was found in the heavily forested area two kilometres inside the LoC along with an AK47 assault rifle, Pandey said.