Two militants killed in attack on police in Kashmir
Two militants were killed in an attack on Thursday on a police camp in the Kashmir summer capital Srinagar, police said.india Updated: Jul 26, 2007 13:27 IST
Two militants were killed in an attack on Thursday on a police camp in the Kashmir summer capital Srinagar, police said.
The raid came as the army feted the success of "Operation Vijay (victory)" when India repelled Pakistani-backed forces from the icy Kargil heights in Kashmir eight years ago. That incident brought India and Pakistan to the brink of their fourth war.
"Two heavily-armed militants were killed in a fierce 30-minute gunbattle triggered by their attempt to storm the battalion headquarters of the Indian Reserve Police Force," a police spokesman said.
The celebrations, which were taking place elsewhere, were not affected.
In other bloodshed a day earlier, two rebels and a policeman were killed in a marathon 24-hour clash in Nadihal, 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Srinagar, police said.
A 16-year-old boy was also killed by crossfire as he sheltered in his home during the clash.
Two others people including a Hindu shepherd were killed in southern Doda district on Wednesday, police said. The shepherd's throat was cut by rebels as he was tending his flock, police said.
More than 42,000 people have died since 1989 when militants launched an insurgency against Indian rule in the divided region.
First Published: Jul 26, 2007 13:23 IST