Indian army kills four in occupied Kashmir

India says militants tried to infiltrate border with Pakistan to attack military base, destroyed two houses with mortars and machine guns

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Indian army has said that it killed four militants at the disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan on Sunday, and foiled an attack on a military base.

The army announced a sixteen-hour gun battle after some people were spotted near the border town of Tangdhar going into two houses. The army attacked the houses with mortars and machine guns, destroying them. Soldiers from an elite commando unit also took part in the offensive and the army announced four militants were killed in the clash.

Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts, and two countries have fought over the region since the partition of India in 1947.

Since 1989 Kashmiri resistance groups in Indian-held Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence or unification with neighbouring Pakistan.

More than 100,000 Kashmiri people have been killed under the occupation, with thousands of people having disappeared and jailed. Many gang rapes of Kashmiri women by Indian forces, as well as the torture and deliberate burning down of entire villages have also been reported.

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party has come to power in occupied Kashmir, pro-independence groups in the Muslim-majority region have adopted a resolution to counter the Hindu nationalist agenda.

Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani met with pro-freedom leaders, religious scholars, civil society members and other influential figures to discuss the recent policies of the communal Indian government, including a controversial Hindu settlement plan in Jammu Kashmir.

Kashmiri leaders have voiced their strong opposition to the Indian occupation, once again calling on the international community to force UN resolutions that demand a free vote for self-determination.

They have also announced that they will continue to resist the occupation and Hindu nationalist agenda that aims to change the Muslim identity of Kashmir.

TRTWorld and agencies