Troops kill 2 militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Two militants were killed Tuesday in a fierce gunfight with Indian troops and police in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The gunfight broke out during predawn hours at village Safanagri-Zainpora of Shopian district, about 70 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"Government forces launched a cordon and search operation in the predawn hours here today based on credible inputs about the presence of militants. As the search operation was going on, hiding militants fired upon the search party, thereby triggering a gunfight," a senior police official posted in Shopian told Xinhua.

"In the ensuing gunfight two militants were killed."

The police officer said contingents of Indian army or police have not suffered any damage during the stand-off.

Police officials said the duo was involved in many militancy related incidents in the area.

Meanwhile, police issued an advisory asking locals not to go near the gunfight site until the spot is cleared of explosive material.

"People are requested to cooperate with police until the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any," it said.

Last month, seven civilians were killed after a bomb went off at a gunfight site in region's Kulgam district.

A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troopers stationed in the region since 1989.

[ Editor: zyq ]
 

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