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18 October 2018 - 17:03
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Rasa - A gun battle has reportedly erupted between Indian troops and suspected militants in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least four people.
Indian troops stand at the site of a reported gun battle between suspected militants and Indian government forces in downtown Srinagar, Kashmir, on October 17, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

RNA - The gunfight broke out in streets near a 14th-century Muslim shrine, named Khanqah-e-Moula, in Srinagar’s Old City on Wednesday, a police statement said, adding that three militants and a police officer were killed.

 

Police said Indian government forces cordoned off the area close to the shrine after they received information about alleged armed militants hiding in a house.

 

According to witnesses, the gunfire broke out after Indian soldiers knocked at the door of a house and took away a young man.

 

“We don’t know where he is and now we hear (police) say he was a militant,” said the young man’s brother.

 

Troops also burned down the house.

 

The news of the deaths sparked anti-Indian protests in the city, where police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

 

Since last year, gun battles between government forces and pro-independence fighters seeking an end to the Indian rule in the disputed valley have become more frequent.

 

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their partition and independence from Britain in 1947. The disputed region is claimed in full by both sides, which have fought three wars over it.

 

Despite a ceasefire agreement that was reached between India and Pakistan in November 2003, sporadic skirmishes continue in Kashmir.

 

Armed battles between Indian forces and militants over the years have killed nearly 70,000 people, mostly civilians.

 

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