Violence in Kashmir

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SHAFAQNA - Border guards stopped the militants in the Keran sector, located 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian-controlled Kashmir, regional police chief Ejaz Ahmed said on Monday.

Some “eight militants were asked to surrender but they opened fire, leading to a clash that lasted for several hours. Bodies of three militants were found in searches after it ended,” Ahmed added.

According to the police, the other militants withdrew to the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, leaving automatic weapons, grenade launchers and ammunition behind.

India and Pakistan claim the entire Kashmir as their own territory, but based on an agreement in 1947, they use the heavily militarized Line of Control (LoC) to divide the Himalayan region between themselves.

India, however, blames Pakistan for having a hand in the Kashmir insurgency. Pakistan denies any wrongdoing, saying it will continue supporting the Kashmiri people’s struggle for a right to self-determination.

Some 70,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since 1989, when people in Kashmir launched pro-independence battles with the Indian government.

Islamabad and New Delhi have fought three wars, two of which over Kashmir, since their independence from the British colonial rule in 1947.

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