2 soldiers, 3 militants killed in Kashmir unrest

Other News Materials 8 June 2009 22:35 (UTC +04:00)

Two soldiers, including an officer, and three militants have been killed in a fierce gunfight in the Kupwara district on the north Kashmir frontier, the Indian army said Monday, CNN reported.

The gunfight, an Indian army spokesman said, erupted Saturday during a search operation carried out by the army in the forested area of Hatmulla, located near the Line of Control that marks the border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

"The search party of the army was fired upon by holed-up militants, resulting in the death of an army major and a trooper," Lt. Col. J.S. Brar told CNN. "In the resultant encounter, the troops gunned down three terrorists."

Searches continue in the area, he said.

Separately, four marchers were injured by Indian security forces Monday as protesters tried to march into the town of Shopian in south Kashmir, where the alleged rape and murder of two women on May 30 touched off a week of protests.