Indian Army kills two suspected militants in restive Kashmir

Indian military kills two suspected militants during overnight operation in Kashmir

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

An Indian army soldier stands guard while patrolling near the Line of Control, a ceasefire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Poonch district August 7, 2013

The Indian Army has killed two suspected militants in an overnight operation in northwestern Kashmir, an army spokesman said.

The operation took place on Friday in the Panthawada area which is just 70 km away from the main city of Srinagar after receiving intelligence that there were suspected militants in a local village.  

The identities of the suspected militants have not been verified yet.  

Fighting has been ongoing in the disputed territory of Kashmir since 1989.

Muslim residents in the Indian-held portion demand independence or a merger with Pakistan, which holds the western part of the country.

The dispute has left nearly 68,000 people dead over 27 years, while two wars have broken out between the two countries over the territory.