Six Killed In New Kashmir Violence
11 June 2007
Srinagar: Indian troops in Kashmir have shot dead three Islamic militants along the de facto border with Pakistan and a further three people have been killed by rebels, officials said Monday. The clash along the heavily-militarised and mountainous Line of Control, which occurred on Sunday, came after Indian authorities said they had registered an increase in militant infiltration attempts as the weather improves and the snows melt. 'Other militants fled back,' army spokesman Anil Kumar Mathur told AFP. Police meanwhile said militants killed three Muslim men, including a policeman and an employee of the Indian army's engineering division, in the south of the divided state. A peace process between India and Pakistan was launched in 2004, and although violence has dipped significantly there has been scant progress on the wider issue of the future of Kashmir. The level of militant activity over the coming months will also be closely watched as a barometer for the state of the slow- moving peace process, with Kashmiri separatist leaders warning of a return to all-out violence unless political progress is made. Kashmir is in the grip of a nearly 18-year-old insurgency that has left more than 42,000 people dead.