NEW DELHI – At least three insurgents were killed and several police officers were wounded on Thursday in a shootout in the restive northern Indian region of Kashmir.
The security forces launched a joint operation with police in Checkipora, where several insurgents were hiding; they opened fire on the officers, the Kashmir police media center said in a statement.
Two Pakistani militants identified as Zia-ur-Rehman and Ali alias Athar, an “important” commander of Jaish-e-Mohammed and active since 2014, were killed in the encounter, according to the statement.
Police in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on Twitter confirmed the death of a militant in the clashes with the security forces, who seized weapons, ammunition and “incriminating” material from the site of the encounter.
The operation, which was still ongoing, also left several members of the Central Reserve Police Force wounded along with a senior police official of Nagrota, the tweet said.
Exchanges of gunfire and infiltrations across the de facto border with Pakistan are common in the region, where there is a low-intensity conflict with continued deaths due to border ceasefire violations by both countries.
Pakistan has claimed full sovereignty over the area since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and independence from the British Empire.
The two nations have waged several wars and minor conflicts over Kashmir, which is one of the most militarized regions in the world.
India accuses Pakistan of sponsoring militants operating on Indian territory in an attempt to bolster the Kashmiri separatist movement.