5 suspected militants had been killed Friday within the Indian-controlled a part of Kashmir close to the closely militarized frontier that divides the disputed territory with Pakistan, police stated.
Police chief Vijay Kumar stated on Twitter the “international terrorists” died throughout a conflict with authorities forces within the forested Jumagund space, round 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Srinagar.
The incident couldn’t independently be verified by AFP.
It got here two days after two suspected rebels had been killed in the identical space following an try by an armed group to cross over from Pakistan, officers stated.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan because the partition of each nations on the finish of the British colonial period in 1947. Each declare the territory in full.
Tens of 1000’s have died because the 1989 begin of an insurgency by rebels in search of independence or a merger with Pakistan, and India has greater than half one million troops stationed within the Himalayan territory.
However the frequency of armed clashes between Indian troopers and insurgents has dropped considerably lately as India works to fortify its rule over the territory.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s authorities instantly canceled Kashmir’s restricted autonomy in 2019.
New legal guidelines have permitted Indians exterior the territory to resettle there, a coverage denounced by critics as “settler colonialism.”
India has sought to painting the return of “normalcy” to the restive area and final month hosted a G20 tourism assembly in regional capital Srinagar.
Eleven authorities troops, 17 suspected rebels, and 10 civilians have been killed in violence to this point this yr.
Final yr, at the least 223 combatants and 30 civilians died within the area, based on official information.
India accuses Pakistan of serving to insurgent teams who’ve waged a preferred insurgency for many years.
Islamabad denies the cost, saying it supplies political and ethical assist to a Kashmiri battle for self-determination.