An Indian army commando and three independence fighters have been killed in separate gun fights across the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir، police say.
Muneer Ahmed Khan، a senior police officer، said on Tuesday that fighting erupted in the northwestern area of Handwara after Indian troops launched a counterinsurgency operation and killed three fighters there. In another operation in the neighboring Kupwara area، a special forces soldier was killed in armed clashes.
According to the police official، government forces were battling a few militants trapped in the area.
The fierce clashes are the latest in a string of deadly shootouts between Indian forces and fighters seeking independence in Kashmir.
At least eight fighters، an Indian air force commando and a policeman have been killed in the past two days. So far this year، 70 government soldiers and 190 fighters have been killed in fighting.
The Muslim-majority region has witnessed an increase in mass protests and violence since early July 2016، when Burhan Wani، a top figure in a pro-independence group، was killed in a shootout with Indian troops. Over 100 protesters have also lost their lives and more than 12،000 have been injured in the ensuing crackdown.