Military showcase weapons seized during clashes with militants; Indian soliders in hospital


Military showcase weapons seized during clashes with militants; Indian soliders in hospital
The Indian army on Monday displayed a huge cache of weapons and ammunition seized from suspected rebels in two separate gunbattles near the heavily militarised line dividing the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan.
Indian army officials say seven suspected rebels were killed in last Friday and Saturday’s gunbattles.
The Indian military says a large number of insurgents trained and armed by Pakistani forces try to enter Indian territory each year around this time, before snow starts blocking Himalayan passes and their movement.
Pakistan denies the charge.
The latest fighting occurred near the abandoned border village of Shala Bhata, where the army says its troops have been battling dozens of armed rebels for 12 days.
There was no independent confirmation of the incidents.
An Indian army commander in Kashmir said last week that Indian soldiers encountered up to 40 rebels on 24 September.
He said 12 militants were killed and five Indian soldiers wounded in that round of fighting at Shala Bhata, which is about 150 kilometres (95 miles) northwest of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-held Kashmir.
Raphil Guroon, a soldier injured during the recent clashes, told the Associated Press on Monday that he hoped to return to active duty soon.
India and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir since they gained independence from Britain in 1947, while rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for independence or for merger with neighbouring Pakistan, though most resistance is now shown through street protests.
An estimated 68-thousand people have been killed in the conflict.

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