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Soldier shoots dead five colleagues, self in Indian Kashmir

A soldier in Indian Kashmir shot dead five of his colleagues in a military camp before turning the gun on himself, an army spokesman told AFP on Thursday. "The soldier ran amok, killing five others before shooting himself dead in the camp in Ganderbal district," lieutenant colonel Narinder Nahar Joshi said. pbz/abh/pj

Seven rebels killed in Indian Kashmir

Indian security forces killed seven suspected militants on Monday in a gunbattle in restive Kashmir near the de factor border with Pakistan, an Indian army spokesman said. The seven were killed after heavy firing broke out between military forces and rebels at Dardpora, a remote village 140 kilometres (80 miles) northwest of the Kashmiri summer capital Srinagar, army spokesman Nitin Narhar Joshi told AFP. "So far seven militants have been eliminated in the gun battle that ensued. We suspect more militants to be in the area," Joshi said.

Indian army kills seven suspected rebels in Kashmir

The Indian army killed seven suspected militants on Monday in a gunbattle in Kashmir near the de factor border with Pakistan, an Indian army spokesman said. The seven were killed after heavy firing broke out between military forces and rebels at Dardpora, a village 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of the Kashmiri summer capital Srinagar, army spokesman Nitin Narhar Joshi told AFP. "The army patrol came under fire from militants. The troops retaliated. In the ensuing battle, seven militants have been killed so far," said Joshi.

Pakistan holds rallies on Kashmir solidarity day

Pakistanis staged rallies and demonstrations across the country on Wednesday to express solidarity with Kashmiris struggling for independence from India. Kashmir, a picturesque Himalayan region, is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both. About a dozen rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces since 1989 either for Kashmir's independence or for its merger with Pakistan.

Indian Kashmir shuts down to protest military court verdict

Large parts of Indian Kashmir shut down on Friday and protests were held against a military court verdict last week that exonerated five army officers involved in the killing of civilians 14 years ago. Most shops and businesses were closed and public transport halted in the main city of Srinagar and other areas of the restive region after separatist groups called a strike over the court's decision.

Indian Kashmir shuts down to protest military court verdict

Large parts of Indian Kashmir shut down on Friday to protest a military court verdict last week that exonerated five army officers involved in the killing of five civilians 14 years ago. Most shops and businesses were closed and public transport halted in the main city of Srinagar and other areas of the restive region after separatist groups called a one-day strike over the court's decision.

Rights group slams India verdict clearing army of deaths

A human rights group Saturday slammed a military court verdict clearing five Indian army officers involved in the killing of five civilians, saying it showed the military's "continuing impunity for serious abuses". The five local civilians were killed in Pathribal village, in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, days after the massacre of 35 Sikhs in the remote village of Chattisinghpora in May 2000. The army claimed the victims were "foreign militants", accusing them of being responsible for the massacre.

Anger in Kashmir after soldiers cleared over killings

Kashmiri separatists and rights groups on Friday denounced a military court verdict that exonerated five Indian army officers involved in the killing of five civilians 14 years ago. "It is a living example of lawlessness and state terrorism, a slap in the face of the Kashmiri people whose lives have no value for the Indian army," separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani said in a statement. The five local civilians were killed in Pathribal village days after the massacre of 35 Sikhs in a remote village of Chattisinghpora in May 2000.

Three suspected rebels killed in Indian Kashmir

Indian security forces killed three suspected rebels in restive Kashmir on Monday during an ongoing gun battle, police said. Soldiers and police special forces cordoned off a village northwest of the main city of Srinagar on suspicion that rebels were hiding inside, sparking the mid-afternoon gunbattle, a police officer said. The battle at Dangerpora village just outside the town of Sopore, 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Srinagar, was still going on, police superintendent Abdul Qayoom told AFP.

Kashmir 'half-widows' should be able to remarry

Wives of Kashmiri men who have disappeared during the region's long-running conflict should be allowed to remarry once four years have elapsed since their spouses went missing, Islamic scholars have ruled. The religious edict issued on Thursday is designed to ease the plight of more than a thousand so-called 'half widows' who have been left in limbo since their husbands disappeared in parts of Kashmir controlled by India.
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