Three Killed, 14 Hurt In Kashmir Clash

16 July 2008
Agence France-Presse

Srinagar: A policeman and two suspected Islamic militants were killed in clashes in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir that lasted almost 20 hours, police said Wednesday. A police spokesman said 14 security force personnel were also injured in the fighting, which ended when the two suspected militants were killed. 'The fighting erupted last (Tuesday) evening when police and army soldiers ringed a hide-out on a tip-off,' the spokesman said. He said the 'fierce fighting' raged through most of Wednesday near the town of Sopore, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) north of the Kashmiri summer capital Srinagar. A lieutenant colonel from the Indian army and two police officers were among the 14 injured, he said. Violence has decreased in Indian Kashmir since New Delhi and Islamabad launched a peace process in 2004 to resolve all the pending disputes including Kashmir - the scenic region which they both hold in part but claim in full. Early this month six army soldiers and 12 militants were killed during a long-drawn battle along the de facto border dividing Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals.