Indian Troops Foil Rebel Incursion Into Kashmir: Army

4 August 2009
Agence France-Presse


Srinagar: The Indian army Tuesday killed two Muslim militants as soldiers repelled an attempt by rebels to get into Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani zone of the disputed state, the military said. 'The army has foiled an infiltration bid by militants by killing two of them Tuesday evening,' an army spokesman, Uma Maheshwar said.He said the militants were killed in northern Keran sector along the Line of Control (LOC) - the de facto border that splits Kashmir between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. 'The operation to arrest or eliminate other militants along the LOC is in progress,' the spokesman said. The gunbattle was the second along the LOC in three days. On Sunday, four militants and a soldier were killed in a similar gunbattle. There has been a rise in separatist violence in the Himalayan region since Saturday when rebels killed two policemen in Srinagar. Police attributed the upsurge to the forthcoming Indian national holiday on August 15 which marks India's independence from British rule. Over the last 20 years the insurgency has left more than 47,000 people dead according to an official count. India accuses Pakistan of training, arming and funding rebels battling New Delhi's rule in Indian Kashmir, a charge that Islamabad denies.