India (AP) — Government forces killed five suspected rebels in two gunfights in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including a teenager, police said Sunday. A former police officer was also killed by unknown gunmen in a separate attack in the disputed Himalayan region.
Fighting began late Saturday when troops, acting on intelligence, cordoned off two villages in the southern Shopian and Bijbehara areas, Inspector General Vijay Kumar told reporters. He said two soldiers were wounded in Shopian.
The former police officer who was shot in the western Magam area had served in a police counterinsurgency unit but resigned about a year ago, a local police officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. He blamed the attack on anti-India militants, and said the targeted individual’s brother still serves as a policeman.