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2 dead in Kashmir gunbattle, the first since revocation of status

  • Published at 11:21 am August 21st, 2019
Mohammad Aslam, father of Taimoor Aslam, one of the three soldiers who, according to Pakistan Army, were killed in a cross-border exchange of fire on the Line of Control (LOC), is comforted by relatives while waiting for his son's body at his home in Lahore, Pakistan August 16, 2019 Reuters

Protests have erupted in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar

Indian security forces killed a suspected militant in a gunbattle in Kashmir on Wednesday, police said, the first clash since the federal government removed the special status of the territory this month, fuelling anger.

Two policemen were wounded in the fighting that erupted in Baramulla in northern Kashmir, one of them dying later in hospital, police said.

Militants fighting Indian rule in Muslim majority Kashmir have vowed to carry on their armed struggle after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government lifted restrictions on property purchases and government jobs and opened them up to people from outside the state.

Protests have erupted in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar and arch rival Pakistan which lays claim to Kashmir said it would take the decades old dispute to the International Court of Justice.

Thousands of additional paramilitary troops have been deployed in Kashmir to control the insurgency and on Tuesday night they raided the old part of Baramulla, a police officer said. Suspected militants fired a grenade, wounding two policemen, the officer said.