SRINAGAR (Reuters) – At least 12 people, including eight suspected militants, were killed in gun battles with Indian security forces in southern Kashmir, police officials said, in one of the most violent days in the restive region this year.
Two Indian soldiers and two civilians were also killed, and more than 30 people were injured when hundreds of protesters pelted stones at the security forces to disrupt their anti-militant operations, police said.
Troops - Gas - Pellet - Guns - Crowd
Troops used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse the crowd, and later opened fire. Most of the injured sustained pellet wounds but six had gunshot wounds, said S.P. Vaid, the director general of the state police.
Local residents put the number of injured at over 50.
Muslim - Separatists - Campaign - Rule - 1980s
Muslim separatists have been waging a violent campaign against Indian rule since the late 1980s in Indian-held Kashmir.
Vaid said the army received information on Saturday night about militants hiding in an area near Dragad village in...
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