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Six die in Indian Kashmir militant strike

Three suspected rebels disguised in army uniforms hijacked a taxi in Indian Kashmir on Friday and killed three people before being shot dead by security forces, police said. The attack was the deadliest in months by suspected militants fighting Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory and came just ahead of India's general elections in which Kashmiris are slated to vote. The rebels seized the shared passenger taxi early Friday morning near the international border with Pakistan in the south of the scenic territory, police said.

Avalanches kill six in Indian Kashmir

Avalanches triggered by unusually heavy snowfall killed at least six people in Indian Kashmir, as flimsy buildings caved in across the Himalayan valley, police said Wednesday. The dead included two soldiers who were crushed by snow in Kargil, a mountainous area of the remote Ladakh region, while four others were killed by avalanches in the south of the state, according to Superintendent Imtiyaz Hussain.

Suspected militants kill two policemen in Indian Kashmir

Suspected militants killed two police outside a court in Indian Kashmir on Monday, hours after another officer was stabbed in a separate incident in the restive region, police said. "Two policemen died in the shooting by militants on a truck outside the court complex," police superintendent Tejinder Singh told AFP. The firing took place in Pulwama town, 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) south of the region's main city of Srinagar, as a group of police arrived to deliver food to colleagues on duty at the court, a police officer said.

Soldier shoots dead five colleagues, self in Indian Kashmir

A soldier in Indian Kashmir shot dead five of his colleagues in a military camp on Thursday before turning the gun on himself, an army spokesman said. The counter-insurgency soldier was on duty in the early hours when he started firing on his colleagues in the camp in Safapora village, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the region's main city of Srinagar. "The soldier ran amok, killing five others before shooting himself dead in the camp in Ganderbal district," Lieutenant Colonel Narinder Nahar Joshi told AFP.

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. The soldier was part of a counter-insurgency unit posted in Safapora village, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Srinagar, the main city of the region. Investigations are under way to determine whether the soldier was under stress.

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.
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