10 killed in India-occupied Kashmir in one week

Published January 3, 2023
Indian army soldiers conduct a search operation in the remote village of Dangri in Rajouri district of India-held Kashmir.—AFP
Indian army soldiers conduct a search operation in the remote village of Dangri in Rajouri district of India-held Kashmir.—AFP

SRINAGAR: Ten people have been killed within six days in a sudden uptick in violence in India-occupied Kashmir, officials said on Monday.

Kashmiri groups in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region have for decades fought for its independence or merger with Pakistan, which controls a smaller portion of the divided territory.

About half a million Indian soldiers are deployed in India-occupied Kashmir, and its southern portion, Jammu, is mostly Hindu and comparatively peaceful.

Two gunmen suspected to be anti-India militants opened fire on houses in the remote village of Dangri on Sunday, leaving four residents dead and five injured, police officer Mukesh Singh told reporters.

Police and security forces launched a manhunt in the area close to the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

On Monday, a seven-year-old child and another person were killed in an explosion near one of the houses, another police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

An unexploded device was also found nearby and neutralised by a specialist squad, officers said.

The deaths followed a firefight between government forces and suspected militants at a checkpoint in Jammu city on Wednesday.

Police said four suspected militants were killed while the driver of their truck escaped and was on the run.

Officials said at least 172 suspected militants and 26 armed forces personnel were killed in fighting last year.

India-occupied Kashmir has been without an elected government for over five years and has been directly controlled by New Delhi since 2019.

India regularly blames Pakistan for supporting the Kashmir fighters, an allegation denied by Islamabad, which says it only provides diplomatic support to Kashmir’s struggle for the right to self-determination.

Published in Dawn, January 3rd, 2023

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