Indian soldiers among seven killed in Indian Kashmir
16 April 2000
Jammu: Four Indian soldiers and three Muslim separatist guerrillas were killed Sunday in renewed violence in the Indian zone of the disputed Kashmir region, police said. ''The improvised explosive device was hidden in a riverbed. Four policemen died on the spot when they were patrolling a river crossing in the militant-infested area,'' a police officer said. ''Four more policemen were injured in the attack. We have cordoned off the area and have started combing operations to nail the militants.'' No militant outfit has taken responsibility for the attack. In another incident, three militants were killed Sunday by security troops in a gun battle at Atangroo Handwara village, some 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Kashmir''s winter capital Srinagar. Meanwhile, a defense spokesman said Indian soldiers recovered 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of plastic explosives, Chinese-made hand grenades and ammunition for AK 47 assault rifles from an abandoned house in downtown Dalgate in Srinagar. More than 25,000 people have died in Kashmir since 1989 in violence linked to the region''s separatist drive. India accuses Pakistan, which administers part of the divided state, of fomenting militancy in its territory. Islamabad denies the charge but extends moral and diplomatic support to the unrest.