2 soldiers, 3 fighters killed in Kashmir clashes

2 soldiers, 3 fighters killed in Kashmir clashes
# 26 April 2014 18:16 (UTC +04:00)

Paramilitary officer, Nalin Prabhat, said on Saturday that the fighting erupted late Friday after Indian troops and police surrounded Karewa Malino village south of Srinagar city to look for suspected fighters.

The gun battle stopped during the night after two fighters and two soldiers were killed, he noted.

The fighting, however, started again on Saturday morning and the third fighter was killed, the official added.

A residential house where the fighters were trapped was destroyed in the fighting.

As the fighting ended, clashes broke out in the village and town of Shopian, where hundreds of people took to the streets and shouted anti-India slogans.

Police and paramilitary soldiers fired tear gas to disperse protesters.

Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 65 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both neighbors claim the region in full but have partial control over it. Thousands of people have been killed in Kashmir over the past 20 years.

The neighbors agreed on a ceasefire in 2003, and launched a peace process the following year. Since then, there have been sporadic clashes, with both sides accusing the other of violating the ceasefire.

Thousands of people have been killed in Kashmir's unrest over the past two decades.

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