At least seven soldiers killed by rebels in Kashmir

Rebel attack kills at least seven Indian Army soldiers in disputed region of Kashmir as death toll rises from clashes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Indian policeman uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Kashmiri demonstrators during a protest in Srinagar February 19, 2016. The demonstrators held the protest after Friday prayers, demanding freedom from Indian rule in Kashmir.

Seven Indian Army soldiers have been killed in the disputed region of Kashmir as the death toll from clashes between Indian forces and rebels rises.

The rebels attacked a bus carrying Indian security officers in Kashmir's summer capital, before breaking into a training institute which had more than 100 people inside at this time.

"We have killed one militant," Bhavish Choudhary, a spokesman for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), said on Sunday evening, adding that "The operation is ongoing."

A supporter of Kashmiri lawmaker Sheikh Abdul Rashid, also known as Engineer Rashid, attempts to jump from a police vehicle after he was detained by Indian police during a protest in Srinagar February 17, 2016

Kashmiris were incensed in 2013 when a former Kashmiri rebel, Mohammed Afzal Guru, was hanged in secret in a New Delhi jail. Many people in the region believe Guru was not given a fair trial on charges of involvement in a 2001 attack on parliament that killed 14 people, including five gunmen.

The rebels have been fighting for Muslim-majority Kashmir's independence from India or being united with neighbouring Pakistan. An estimated 68,000 people have been killed in armed uprisings and crackdowns by Indian forces in the region so far.

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