A police officer and four alleged militants were killed in separate incidents Sunday in Indian held-Kashmir as hundreds of residents clashed with security forces in the region hit by weeks of deadly unrest.
Indian soldiers shot and killed four militants as they tried to cross the heavily militarized border, an army official said.
“They tried to infiltrate into Nowgam sector and were intercepted. Four militants were killed and their AK rifles were recovered,” army spokesman NN Joshi said, referring to the area north-west of the occupied Srinagar.
An unknown number of militants later killed a police officer in Poonch sector south of occupied Srinagar, an officer in the area’s police control room told AFP.
Security forces were called in to hunt down the militants, sparking a fierce and ongoing gunbattle, the unnamed officer said, without giving more details.
The encounters with militants came as stone-pelting residents protesting against Indian rule of the region clashed with troops in Pulwana and two other places in the southern held Kashmir Valley, leaving scores injured, police officers said.
Eighty civilians have been killed and thousands injured in the worst violence to hit the Muslim-majority territory since 2010.
A curfew has been lifted from much of the region since protests broke out over the death on July 8 of a popular young rebel leader in a gunbattle with security forces. -AFP