Indian military kills militant in gunfight near Kashmir LoC



A militant was killed during a gunfight with Indian military Tuesday near the line-of-control (LoC) in restive Kashmir, India's official broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said.

The gunfight broke out in Dhanni forest in Karnah sector of frontier Kupwara district, about 155 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"As army intensified combing operation today, militants hiding in the area opened fire upon forces, which was returned by them, resulting in a brief encounter which left one militant killed," AIR said.

The broadcaster quoting official sources said the gunfight was triggered after troops noticed suspicious movement.

Indian military claimed recovery of an assault rifle from the gunfight site.

Earlier this month, Indian military claimed it killed three militants during a similar gunfight in the district.

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.

A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. Gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently across the region.