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A series of counterinsurgency operations in Indian-administered Kashmir resulted in the death of eight suspected rebels and two Indian soldiers, said the officials.
The shops in the disputed region were closed to mark the fifth death anniversary of the well-known rebel commander Burhan Wani. He was killed in 2016 and his death triggered open defiance against Indian rule.
The deaths, which occurred in five separate events beginning on Wednesday, come amid an uptick in violence in the Himalayan region in recent weeks.
As per the Indian Military, two soldiers and two rebels were killed in a clash on Thursday near the Line of Control (LoC). The military said in a statement that the clash started when the troops stopped a group of armed men crossing into the Indian-administrated Kashmir from Pakistan’s side.
It was the first such clash near the de facto border with Pakistan since 25 February, when both countries agreed to follow the 2003 ceasefire agreement.
In its statement, India’s military called the incident “a fierce encounter in which two foreign terrorists from Pakistan have been killed.”Follow us: