MILITANTS KILL INDIAN ARMY TROOPER IN GUNFIGHT IN INDIAN-CONTROLLED KASHMIR

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, May 3 (Xinhua) — An Indian army trooper was killed in a fierce gunfight with militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Thursday.

The trooper, identified as Noor Hussain, was killed late Wednesday in Palmar area of Kishtwar district, 250 km northeast of Jammu, the winter capital of Indian controlled Kashmir.

“A trooper of Territorial Army (TA) was killed in a fierce gun battle with militants in Palmar area of Kishtwar district,” said a police official. “The army contingent has gone to the area on specific intelligence inputs to track down militants.”

Reports said the army and police contingents cordoned the area Wednesday night but came under heavy fire by the militants, thereby triggering a gunfight.
Officials said reinforcements have been sent to the area to track down the militants.

Territorial Army (TA) was formed as a subsidiary to Indian army in the region in 2003 to counter armed insurgency. Most of the government patronized gunmen and army informers were recruited in TA.

A guerrilla war is also going on between militants and the Indian troops stationed in the region since 1989. Gun fights between militants and Indian army troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir take place intermittently.

– National News Agency of Nepal (RSS)@2012

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