Published : Sunday, 24 September, 2017
Indian army says killed three militants in gunfight in Kashmir
Indian army says killed three militants in gunfight in Kashmir

The Indian army says it has killed three militants during an overnight exchange of gunfire at a village in Indian-administered Kashmir.

 

Rajesh Kalia, an army spokesman, said Monday that the army troops sealed off the village, which lies near the tourist resort of Pahalgam, after being tipped off that militants were hiding out in a private home there.

 

“On specific intelligence army soldiers cordoned off the village on Sunday evening and the gun battle started,” the military official said.

 

Kalia added that the bodies of those killed and their weapons had been retrieved.

 

A local police officer also said Indian forces fired mortar shells and demolished the house.

 

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers are deployed in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where militant groups have for decades been fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan.