'Four Dead' In Kashmir Violence
30 January 2006
Srinagar: Three militants and a policeman have been killed in separate clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police say. Two of those killed by security forces in Pahalgam, about 100km (65 miles) from Srinagar, were suspected Hizbul Mujahideen fighters. The Hizbul Mujahideen is one of the leading groups fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir. Violence in Kashmir has dropped since India-Pakistan peace moves began. Both claim the territory in its entirety.All three incidents came late on Sunday. In the other two clashes another suspected militant was killed in a shoot-out with security forces in Chandyal, and suspected militants shot and killed a police officer in Anantnag district, police said on Monday. Peace talks The violence comes after several rounds of peace talks between India and Pakistan. The two nuclear-capable rivals have signed several agreements on improving transport and diplomatic ties. But they have yet to resolve their differences over the core dispute of Kashmir. More than 40,000 people have died in nearly two decades of conflict in Kashmir.