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Jakarta Post

Rebels kill Indian army officer in Kashmir

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Srinagar,India   /   Sat, May 18, 2013   /  02:34 pm

The Indian army says one of its officers was fatally shot by suspected rebels who crossed over to the Indian portion of Kashmir from the Pakistani side.

Ankur Vashist, an army spokesman, says one soldier also was injured in an exchange of gunfire early Saturday in Machil sector close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Vashist says nearly half a dozen rebels fled to the Pakistani portion of Kashmir after the firing, leaving behind two rifles and some ammunition. The area is 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training militants fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989, a charge Islamabad denies.