Six Die In Indian Kashmir Fighting: Police20 May 2010
Srinagar: An Indian policeman and five suspected Islamic militants, including two commanders wanted by the authorities, were killed in two separate gunbattles in revolt-hit Kashmir, police said Thursday. The overnight clashes took place in the southern Pulwama and Doda districts, a police spokesman said in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-ruled Kashmir. 'Among the dead were two militant commanders wanted by the security forces,' the spokesman said. Security officials have warned of a possible escalation in violence after the Indian military said last month 400 militants were poised to cross into Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani zone of the disputed Himalayan region. The insurgency against Indian rule in the region has left more than 47,000 people dead by official count since it erupted in 1989. Violence dropped after India and Pakistan launched a peace process in 2004 but rebel attacks have escalated since the start of this year.