At Least 6 Killed in Fighting in Kashmir

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir say at least six people have died in fighting between militants and government forces in recent days.

The fighting began Monday when police and soldiers raided a militant hideout in Kashmir's Kupwara district, which borders the Pakistani-administered part of the state.

Officials say the victims included at least three militants, and two policemen and an army officer.

In a separate incident Wednesday, suspected militants killed a policeman in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Also Wednesday, the legislature in Indian-controlled Kashmir erupted in chaos due to an opposition demand to drop a clemency request for a man convicted and sentenced to death for his involvement in an attack on India's parliament in 2001.

The attack killed at least 12 people, most of them civilians.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in its entirety by both. The dispute has triggered two of the three wars between the neighbors since independence from colonial rule in 1947.