Srinagar: Nine terrorists and a soldier have been killed in two separate gun battles in the Kashmir region, an Indian army official has said. Indian soldiers killed five suspected fighters along the highly militarised de facto front line in Keran sector on Sunday as an armed group infiltrated from Pakistan to Kashmir, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman.
Kalia said one soldier was also killed and two others were injured in the fighting. There was no independent confirmation of the incident.
Another gun battle broke out in a neighbourhood in southern Kulgam town as police and soldiers scoured the area looking for terrorists on Saturday, Kalia said. He said as troops began conducting searches, they came under heavy gunfire, leading to a clash that killed four intruders.
The fighting came amid an ongoing lockdown in Kashmir to combat the spread of the coronavirus. India has accused Pakistan of arming and training the terrorists, which Pakistan denies. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep among the region's mostly Muslim population and most people support the rebels' cause against the Indian rule despite a decades-long military crackdown to fight the armed rebellion.
(With inputs from Al Jazeera)
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