Fierce gunbattle in Indian Kashmir enters third day

A fierce gunbattle between security forces and militants in India-administered Kashmir entered a third day Monday, with a total of six people reported dead.

After a lull in fighting overnight in Pampore on the outskirts of the state capital Srinagar, army and police teams launched a renewed assault on the militants holed up in the five-storey building.

Six people including a civilian, three soldiers and two paramilitary troopers have been killed in the fighting, broadcaster NDTV reported.

At least three militants were cornered in one part of the building, police sources told the channel. Television footage showed security forces firing mortar shells and rockets on the building.

The clash erupted on Saturday when the rebels attacked a paramilitary convoy and later entered a state entrepreneurship institute.

Army officers said it was the worst clash with militants in India-administered Kashmir in several years.

The attack comes shortly after a militant raid on an Indian airbase that stalled bilateral talks between neighbouring India and Pakistan.

Kashmir is divided into two parts, separately administered by India and Pakistan. The countries have fought two wars over the region.

Last update: Mon, 22/02/2016 - 11:49
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