Ten Indian Troops Dead in Kashmir Gun Battle

Five Indian soldiers and five suspected militants were killed in a gun battle by Indian armed forces that started after rebels opened fire on Indian troops in southern Kashmir near the de facto border on Sunday.
The fight started on Tuesday which ended late on Wednesday so that identity of rebels has yet to be established.
“Five security personnel and five terrorists have been killed in the gun battle. The operation is over. We are now sanitising the area,” said Shamsher Hussain, Police Superintendent.
Troopers slipped on a town in suburbia of southern Shopian town as thousands assembled to take an interest in the burial service of one of the warriors killed in the weapon fight in a neighboring town on Saturday, said cop S.P. Vaid.
According to the local resident’s report, the fight started when soldiers fired live ammunition at the funeral procession that killed one and two wounded.
“There was an exchange of fire early this morning that wounded the army men and the owner of the house. They died later,” said official.
Government forces fired shots, shotgun pellets and tear gas at the stone-throwing protesters, injuring at least 15 people, three of them critically.
“Four policemen, three paramilitary personnel, and four civilians were injured in the grenade attack,” said police.
Pakistan has denied any link with the gun battle.
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