10 injured in rebel attacks in Indian Kashmir

Nine paramilitary troopers and one policeman were injured Monday when militants opened fire on them in the old quarter of Srinagar, capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, police sources said.

Militants opened fire in two locations despite massive security measures in place in the Kashmir Valley's main city over the past month.

The first incident took place at Nowhatta near Srinagar's main mosque and the second at Khanyar also in the old city.

Nine troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force and a policeman were injured as militants fired from hide-outs, the sources said.

Srinagar and the entire Kashmir Valley region has been placed under curfew in view of calls for anti-India protests by Kashmiri separatist leaders on Monday, India's 70th Independence Day.

On Sunday protestors in several towns shouted slogans like "India go back" and in support of Pakistan and freedom for Kashmir.

Undivided India gained freedom from British rule in 1947 as two separate countries, India and Pakistan. Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 14 and India on August 15. 

Kashmnir is divided into two parts, one administered by India and the other by Pakistan. Both claim the region in its entirity and have fought two wars over it.

India claims Pakistan has beeen supporting a violent, seccessionist militant movement in Kashmir. Islamabad has consistently denied this charge. It calls Kashmiri rebels freedom fighters.

The disputed, troubled region is seen as a potentially dangerous conflagration spot with nuclear-capable India and Pakistan stationing large number of troops along their disputed border.

Last update: Sun, 21/08/2016 - 12:38
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