India: Seven killed in separate Kashmir clashes
Feb.14, Kashmir: At least three Pakistani soldiers have been killed by Indian border forces in Kashmir, according to officials in Islamabad, while an equal number of Indian troops and one suspected rebel were gunned down in separate clashes, reports said.
The Pakistani troops died early on Tuesday after being wounded overnight, Pakistan's army said in a statement, adding that Indian troops had fired across the Line of Control, a de facto frontier that divides the Himalayan valley between the two countries, The Associated Press reproted.
Hours later, three Indian soldiers were killed in a gun battle with suspected rebels in India-administered Kashmir.
One suspected rebel also died in the clash in Bandipora district, the Indian army's Northern Command said.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since they won independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the territory in its entirety.
Several rebel groups have for decades fought the 500,000 Indian troops deployed in the region, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.
The Oslo Times International News Network