Two Suspected Rebels Killed In Fresh Fighting In Kashmir
29 May 2006
Srinagar: Two suspected Islamic militants were killed in a gunbattle with soldiers on the outskirts of Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city Monday, police said. Security forces raided a truck lot early Monday after receiving a tip that suspected militants were hiding there, triggering the gunbattle that killed the suspected rebels, said police officer Dalip Singh. The fight took place in Bemina, a suburb of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state. More than a dozen separatist rebel groups are fighting to wrest predominantly Muslim Kashmir from largely Hindu India. About 67,000 people have been killed in the 16-year insurgency. Singh said the slain militants belonged to the outlawed Lashkar-e-Tayyaba rebel group, which Indian authorities say is based in Pakistan's part of Kashmir, a Himalayan region divided between the South Asian rivals but claimed by both. Singh's claim that the militants belonged to Lashkar - a group Indian authorities routinely blame for bombings and shootings in Kashmir and other parts of India - could not be independently verified. Meanwhile, army spokesman Lt. Col. V.K. Batra said two suspected militants from the Hezb-ul-Mujahedeen group were killed Sunday in a gunbattle southwest of Srinagar. A soldier was also wounded.