Seven Muslim terrorists, one Police Office killed in Kashmir gunfights

Kashmir Clashes

Indian security forces killed seven Pakistan-supported terrorists in two gunbattles that also left a police officer dead in Kashmir on Sunday.

Three of the terrorists were killed after they tried to storm the government secretariat in Poonch, near the de-facto border with Pakistan, which lays claims to the Himalayan region.

“One policeman was killed, while another police officer and civilian were injured as militants tried to storm the building. The police repulsed the attack and the militants took refuge in nearby buildings,” said a senior police official, adding that the three terrorists were killed after a day-long gunbattle.

Separately, a senior army officer told Reuters that the army foiled two infiltration attempts by terrorists near the line of control with Pakistan, killing four. Infiltrators attempting to cross the border were pushed back in the second clash in which no one was killed, authorities said.

On Saturday, two people were killed in new protests in Kashmir, taking the death toll to 75 since protesters took to the streets following the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani, the commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen group.

The violence in Indian Kashmir has reignited tensions with Pakistan as New Delhi blamed its neighbour for stoking further trouble there by pushing armed terrorists into India. More troops have now been deployed on the Kashmir frontier to foil such infiltration attempts, officials said.

Pakistan says it provides moral and diplomatic support in Kashmir’s struggle for self-determination and hosts several terrorist leaders in its camps.