Four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

Fighters increase attacks on telecommunication shops in Kashmir, killing four soldiers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Gunmen have shot dead four Indian army personnel and a worker at a mobile phone shop in Kashmir, in a wave of attacks in the conflict prone region.

In Sopore, northern Kashmir, one worker was killed and two injured inside a store belonging to state-owned telecommunications company BSNL. It was the second attack on a telecommunications store this week, a police official said.

In an unrelated incident, six fighters allegedly crossed into Indian-held Kashmir from the Pakistani border. Three Indian soldiers were killed and a fourth was wounded.

The Indian army killed one of the gunmen, an official reported.

The attack on mobile phone shops comes after posters promoting a resistance group in the same municipality ordered the shops to cut all telecommunications.

"We warn these telecommunication companies to close all networking services, close their offices and stop recharging services as well. We warn the retailers as well to stop recharging the subscribers within seven days," wrote on the posters.

There is no evidence as to why the groups are targeting telephone shops, but the attacks may soon impact telecom operations. Some local media outlets reported that the companies are accused of providing information to Indian occupation government. Fighters threw grenades at mobile phone towers belonging to Vodafone and Aircel earlier on Sunday.  

The status of Kashmir is a large part of the long lasting dispute between Pakistan and India, which originated with the partition of British India in 1947. India has maintained its occupation in the region despite UN Security Council resolutions calling for a fair and impartial vote to enable its people to exercise their right of self-determination and join either Pakistan or India.

More than 100,000 Kashmiri people have been killed under the occupation, with thousands of people being disappeared and  jailed. Gang rapes of Kashmiri women by Indian forces, torture and the deliberate burning of entire villages have also been widely reported.

TRTWorld and agencies