5 killed in Kashmir fighting

An Indian policeman fires a tear gas shell toward protesters in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district last week in Srinagar on May 14, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 16 May 2019

5 killed in Kashmir fighting

  • Gunbattle broke out in a neighborhood in southern Pulwama town as police and soldiers scoured the area for militants
  • The troops came under heavy gunfire, leading to a gunfight

SRINAGAR, India: Three rebels, an army soldier and a civilian were killed early Thursday during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir that triggered anti-India protests and clashes, officials and residents said.
The gunbattle broke out in a neighborhood in southern Pulwama town as police and soldiers scoured the area for militants, said Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman. He said as troops began conducting searches, they came under heavy gunfire, leading to a gunfight that killed three militants and an army soldier.
A civilian was also killed and his brother wounded during the fighting, police said. Two soldiers were also injured in the gunbattle.
Local residents said troops damaged one civilian home with explosives.
The fighting sparked protests and clashes as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the battle in solidarity with rebels despite security lockdown in the area.
Government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at protesters who threw stones at them. No one was immediately reported injured in the street clashes.
India and Pakistan each claim the divided Himalayan territory of Kashmir in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989.
Most Kashmiris support the rebels’ demand that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country, while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.
About 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian crackdown since 1989.


British airports to introduce 3D screening for carry-on bags

UK Border control is seen in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London June 4, 2014. (REUTERS)
Updated 31 min 5 sec ago

British airports to introduce 3D screening for carry-on bags

  • The screeners already are being used in trials at London’s Heathrow Airport and they will progressively be rolled out to other British airports by Dec. 1, 2022, the government said

LONDON: Putting small containers of liquids in plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past for airline passengers in Britain after the government announced plans Sunday to introduce 3D screening equipment for carry-on luggage at all major airports.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement that the new technology will improve security and could also mean “an end to passengers having to use plastic bags or rationing what they take away with them.”
Under current security restrictions, passengers are not allowed containers carrying more than 100 milliliters (3.38 fluid ounces) of liquids in their carry-on luggage and the containers have to be in a clear plastic bag.
That could come to an end under the new screening regime and passengers may also be able to keep electrical equipment such as their laptops in their cabin bags.
The screeners already are being used in trials at London’s Heathrow Airport and they will progressively be rolled out to other British airports by Dec. 1, 2022, the government said.
Heathrow CEO John Holland Kaye says the technology “will transform the passenger experience, making air travel simple, streamlined and more secure through the UK’s only hub airport.”