Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Four die in Kashmir market shooting

Kashmiri civilians help an injured man at the site of a shoot-out in Srinagar, India (AP)
Indian paramilitary soldiers walk past the scene of the shooting (AP)

Three suspected Muslim rebels and a policeman have died in a gun attack in a crowded market in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

Militants on a motorcycle opened fire on a police patrol in the Qamarwari district of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to police.

"In the retaliatory fire, three militants were killed while one police constable also laid down his life," the statement said.

Police set up check-points in the area following intelligence that militants were planning an attack in the city.

Anti-Indian sentiment runs deep in the disputed Muslim-majority region. More than 68,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since 1989.

While insurgent attacks have largely been suppressed by Indian forces, Kashmiri resistance is now principally through street demonstrations.

Since June, the Himalayan region has been rocked by violent anti-India protests and subsequent crackdowns by government security forces that have killed at least 111 people - mostly teenage boys and young men in their 20s.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars for control over Kashmir since they won independence from Britain in 1947.

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