SRINAGAR: A top police officer in Indian-administered Kashmir said a local militant commander had been killed in a fierce gunbattle with government forces.

Inspector General of Police Abdul Gani Mir said the fighting started early Thursday after police and paramilitary troops acted on a tip and surrounded a neighborhood in the disputed Himalayan region's main city of Srinagar.

Mir said three policemen were wounded in the fighting that killed Hilal Moulvi of the Lashkar-i-Taiba.

There was no immediate confirmation from the group.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both in its entirety. Since 1989, an armed uprising and a subsequent crackdown by Indian forces have killed an estimated 68,000 people in Indian-administered Kashmir. Although the armed rebellion is largely suppressed, resentment against Indian rule runs deep.

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karan singh
May 23, 2013 11:56 am

good work done !!!

Rashid Sultan
May 23, 2013 1:29 pm

Militants of various groups inside and outside of the area inciting violence does no favours to the local community who suffer. Why don't all those unhappy with governance in the valley and seek affiliation with their co religionists come over to Pakistan? And let others live in peace? After all, we were established as a nation for Indian Muslims. Those who prefer to remain on the other side or do not like it here should be taken in by our neighbour who claim to be secular. Good luck and peace to all.

May 23, 2013 5:29 pm

Well Done India......

May 23, 2013 6:27 pm

@Rashid Sultan: Good comment! On a lighter note, there is a small glitch, if we allow people who don't want to be in Pak to come to India, Pak will become no man's land :-)

May 24, 2013 10:46 am

Today DAWN has used the phrase "Millitant"... I am deeply surprised.... And Mr. Rashid Sultan.. pakistan itself is suffering from starvation... What would you feed to those who are interested in joining pakistan ... First demand extra donation from the US...

Saroj kapoor
May 24, 2013 12:19 pm

Thanks to the Indian forces. the true sons of mother India. may God bless you with long life.

Ashok Prabhu
May 24, 2013 11:58 pm

With some adjustments,the present Cease Fire Line in Kashmir could be converted into an international Border,after talks in a spirit of Give And Take so that the militancy,which is eating into the vitals of both the Countries ,comes to an end and both countries could concentrate on development and Growth.

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