April 2006 News

Three Indian Troops Killed In Kashmir Shootout

3 April 2006

Jammu: Three Indian soldiers guarding the home of Indian Kashmir's chief minister were killed on Monday after a skirmish among the troops led to a shootout, police said.Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was at home in Jammu, the winter capital of the troubled state, when the incident took place but he was safe, they said. 'Three security men have been killed in the shootout and another is critically wounded,' a senior police officer told Reuters. 'One of the shooters has been overpowered and detained,' he said, adding that investigations were on to determine the cause of the fighting. Soldiers battling a 16- year violent revolt against Indian rule in the disputed region often run amok, killing their colleagues or officers. Mental health workers attribute their behaviour to high stress levels and tough working conditions in one of the world's most militarised regions. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the bloody insurgency which erupted in 1989.


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