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2 militants killed in gunfight in India-controlled Kashmir

07-22-2010 15:31 BJT

SRINAGAR, India-controlled Kashmir, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Two militants were killed Thursday morning in a fierce gunfight in India-controlled Kashmir, Indian defense officials said.

The gunfight broke out Wednesday night in Rajwar forest area of Hamdwara in Kupwara district, around 90 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir.

"On specific information about presence of militants in the Rajwar forest area, a joint party of police and Indian army were dispatched to the area to take on militants there. Militants present there fired on the joint column, thereby triggering a gunfight. In the standoff so far two militants have been killed," said Lt. Col. J. S. Brar, Indian army spokesman based in Srinagar.

The identity of the slain militants is being ascertained.

On Tuesday, two militants including a top commander of Harkat- ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and a trooper were killed in a gunfight in Hygam village of Sopore. The commander identified as Noman was wanted with the police for long time.

Reports reaching from Handawara said gunfight is underway in the forests.

The gun fighting between militants and Indian army troopers in India-controlled Kashmir takes place intermittently.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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