Indian Troops Kill Nine Rebels In Clashes On Kashmir Border
27 April 2005
Srinagar: Indian troops Wednesday killed nine suspected Islamic militants in three separate clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said. Eight of the militants were killed by Indian soldiers in two separate clashes in the forests of Kupwara district near the heavily militarized ceasefire Line of Control that divides the state. Another rebel was shot dead by troops in southern Anantnag district, police and Border Security Force officials said. Kupwara's forest- clad hills are frequently used by rebels to infiltrate into Indian Kashmir, according to Indian army officials. As part of a 15-month- old peace process, Pakistan has pledged to crackdown on militants crossing from Pakistani-controlled soil into Indian Kashmir. The pledge was reaffirmed during a visit to New Delhi this month by President Pervez Musharraf. Both countries hold the region in parts and claim it in full. Over 40,000 people have been killed since the revolt erupted in 1989, officials say. Separatists say the toll is at least double that number.