Five Islamist rebels killed shootout in Indian Kashmir

At least five Islamist militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in India-administered Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

Soldiers and policemen surrounded a house in a village in the Kupwara district after receiving an intelligence tip-off that a group of rebels were hiding inside.

"Militants holed up inside the house fired on the security forces, triggering the gunbattle. Five militants were killed in the clash that lasted for nearly nine hours," a local police officer said on condition of anonymity.

Three soldiers were also injured in the encounter. The army recovered arms and ammunition from the site. Security teams were searching the area for more militants.

The disputed Kashmir region is divided in two parts, one administered by India and the other by Pakistan.

A secessionist militant movement took hold in Kashmir in the 1980s. Since 1988, nearly 44,000 people have been killed in the Indian-claimed part of the region, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

Last update: Sat, 21/05/2016 - 23:00

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