2 militants killed near Kashmir LoC: Indian army

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/16 14:43:22

At least two militants were killed Saturday in a gunfight near the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir, officials said.

The gunfight, according to Indian army officials, broke out in Machil sector of frontier Kupwara district, about 165 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

According to Indian military spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia, the militants were trying to infiltrate deep inside Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"Today our troops foiled an infiltration bid in Machil sector and killed two militants," Kalia told Xinhua.

According to the spokesman, the operation was going on in the area.

"The suspicious movement was witnessed in the sector, following which an exchange of fire between our troops and the infiltrators broke out," Kalia said.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

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