SRINAGAR: Delhi In India-held Kashmir on Sunday, four army soldiers and three civilians were killed, a defence ministry spokesman claimed, in the bloodiest gun battle in the disputed region since April.
Defence ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia claimed that in the early hours of Sunday morning, an Kashmir army patrol noticed some movement along the Line of Control Delhi.
Army troops were rushed to the region and surveillance devices monitored the movement, he said.
He claimed, “A heavy gun battle followed in which three militants were killed.” The account of the Indian army official could not be independently verified.
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It should be noted that dozens of civilians have been killed by the Indian army in the recent past after being declared ‘militants’.
In the gun battle, four army soldiers were killed and another two were injured, Col Kalia said Kashmir.
The fighting began at around 1 am local time in Kupwara district and continued intermittently for hours, he said.
This is the highest number since April this year of military casualties along the Line of Control. Five Indian soldiers and an equal number of civilians were killed in April, when Indian soldiers in the area challenged the latter Delhi.
Published in Dharti News, November 9th, 2020