Gun battle in Kashmir leaves Indian officer dead

Published January 7, 2014
Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol at a busy market in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014. Separatist militants engaged Indian police and paramilitary forces in a fierce gun battle Tuesday that killed one officer in the troubled Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said. — Photo by AP
Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol at a busy market in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014. Separatist militants engaged Indian police and paramilitary forces in a fierce gun battle Tuesday that killed one officer in the troubled Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said. — Photo by AP
An Indian police officer lays a wreath on the coffin of his colleague who was killed in a shootout at the police headquarters in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014. — Photo by AP
An Indian police officer lays a wreath on the coffin of his colleague who was killed in a shootout at the police headquarters in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014. — Photo by AP

SRINAGAR: Separatist militants engaged Indian police and paramilitary forces in a fierce gun battle Tuesday that killed one officer in the troubled Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said.

Police were ambushed in Sopore city, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Srinagar, after receiving a tip-off that militants were operating in the area, Inspector General A.G. Mir said.

Indian paramilitary forces were sent to reinforce the police.

Four police officers were wounded, with one later dying from his injuries, Mir said.

There was no immediate word on whether any militants had been hit.

The Kashmir region, disputed by and divided between India and Pakistan, has seen a surge of violence in recent months as rebels step up demands for independence or incorporation into Pakistan.

Some 68,000 people have been killed since 1989 in an armed uprising and subsequent crackdown by Indian forces.

While the rebellion has largely been suppressed, anti-India resentment still runs deep.

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