Indian soldier, militants killed in Kashmir clashes

SRINAGAR: An Indian soldier and three militants were killed and six soldiers wounded in clashes in the volatile region of Kashmir, police said Wednesday.

The three clashes occurred in the northern districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora, a police spokesman said, adding two of the gun battles that started overnight were still raging.

Militants have been waging an insurgency since 1989 against India’s rule of the region in a conflict that has left more than 47,000 people dead.

The past few months have witnessed fresh incidents of militants attempting to cross into India from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Despite the latest violence, violence in the region has declined sharply since India and Pakistan, whose territorial dispute over Kashmir has triggered two wars, embarked on a peace process in 2004.

Talks were suspended in the wake of the militant attacks last November on India’s financial capital Mumbai in which 166 people died.

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