Eight militants, policeman killed in Indian Kashmir

Eight militants and a policeman were killed in separate gunbattles in India-administered Kashmir on Sunday and Monday, the army has said.

Four militants were killed on Sunday afternoon in the Kupwara district near the line of control that divides the Himalayan region into two portions, one administered by India and the other by Pakistan.

Security forces also killed three more rebels holed up inside a building near an army camp in Poonch district on Sunday, army spokesman Manish Mehta said. One policeman also died in the operation to weed out the insurgents.

Another militant was killed on Monday morning at the site and operations were now underway to determine if more militants were still present, Mehta said.

Sporadic protests have continued in the volatile region over the past two months.

Over 75 people have died in clashes between police and security forces sparked by the death of Burhan Wani, a commander from the militant Hizbul Mujahideen group, who was killed on July 8.

India claims Pakistan supports and encourages the militants and separatist leaders but Islamabad has consistently denied this charge.

More than 50,000 people - civilians, security personnel and militants - have been killed since a secessionist militant movement broke out in India-administered Kashmir in the 1980s.

Last update: Mon, 12/09/2016 - 10:36

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