Four militants killed, one caught alive in Indian Kashmir

One militant was caught alive and four were killed by security forces in India-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, even as a curfew was lifted from many parts of the region after more than a fortnight of unrest.

The clash began after soldiers spotted a group of militants near the line of control that divides the Himalayan region into two portions, one administered by India and the other by Pakistan.

Local media, quoting official sources, reported that all the militants were Pakistani nationals.

"Catching a militant live is a big success as it exposes the game plan of Pakistan," junior home minister Kiren Rijiju told reporters in Delhi, terming the arrest a "big success" for the security forces.

India has repeatedly accused Pakistan of backing militants and helping them cross over to carry out attacks on Indian soil.

Islamabad denies the charges and describes the militants as freedom fighters. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over the disputed region.

Later Tuesday, authorities lifted a curfew from the state capital, Srinagar, and most parts of the Kashmir valley after 17 days of unrest in which 47 people were killed. Widespread protests broke out after the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani on July 8.

Officials said preventive restrictions on the movement of people were in place in sensitive areas. Most businesses and schools were closed and there was little traffic on the roads.

Last update: Tue, 26/07/2016 - 11:38

More from World

US astronaut John Glenn - "ultimate hometown hero" - dies at age 95

Former astronaut and US senator John Glenn, who shot to fame in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth, died...

Gambian president-elect says he will reverse decision to leave ICC

Gambia will reverse its decision to leave the International Criminal Court, president-elect Adama Barrow announced...

Tsunami threat declared over for Solomon Islands after massive quake

The tsunami threat from Friday's magnitude-7.8 earthquake near the Solomon Islands has passed, says the Pacific...

Saudi Arabia "playing proxy wars," Boris Johnson says in latest gaffe

British ally Saudi Arabia is "puppeteering and playing proxy wars" in the Middle East and, like Iran, is "twisting...

Russia: Syrian military suspends Aleppo attacks to allow evacuation

The Syrian military has suspended its attacks on militant-held eastern Aleppo to let civilians be evacuated to...