24-05-2022 09:16 AM Jerusalem Timing

Suspected Gunmen Kill 3 Indian Soldiers in Kashmir

Suspected Gunmen Kill 3 Indian Soldiers in Kashmir

Suspected rebels killed three soldiers during firing overnight near the heavily militarized border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, an army spokesman said on Monday.

Kashmir mapSuspected rebels killed three soldiers during firing overnight near the heavily militarized border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, an army spokesman said on Monday.

Soldiers discovered their colleagues' bodies on Monday morning during a search for militants in Hafruda forest, 140 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of the main city of Srinagar.

"We had three fatalities. The soldiers came under fire during the night," army spokesman colonel N.N. Joshi told AFP.

Joshi said an armed militant was also killed in a separate encounter in the nearby valley of Lolab overnight.

On Sunday two suspected rebels, whom the army claimed belonged to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad group, were killed during a gun battle in Tral area south of Srinagar. A soldier was injured in the encounter.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. But both claim the restive Himalayan territory in its entirety and have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.