Protest strike shuts Indian Kashmir

Updated 01 January 2013
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Protest strike shuts Indian Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India: Shops and businesses are shut in Indian-controlled Kashmir in response to a strike called by separatist groups to protest firing by government forces that wounded seven civilians in the disputed region.
Public transportation also was not running in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar on Monday.
On Friday, Indian troops fired on the civilians in Pulwama town as they carried two colleagues injured in a gunbattle with rebels in a neighboring village. Seven civilians were wounded in the shooting, leading to massive anti-government protests.
Authorities ordered a probe and declared a curfew in Pulwama which continued Monday, said Shabir Ahmed, a police officer.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan and split by a heavily militarized line of control.


Six militants, two soldiers killed in NW Pakistan gunfight — military

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Six militants, two soldiers killed in NW Pakistan gunfight — military

  • The clash took place in South Waziristan after security forces were tipped off about the presence of militants who had entered the area pretending to be returning displaced locals, a military statement said
  • Six militants and two soldiers were killed in the fighting, including Nanakar, who was wanted for several murders of local elders and tribesmen

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan: Six militants and two soldiers were killed on Saturday during a fierce gunfight in a northwestern Pakistani tribal district bordering Afghanistan, military and local security officials said.
The clash took place in South Waziristan’s Spina Mela village after security forces were tipped off about the presence of militants who had entered the area pretending to be returning displaced locals, a military statement said.
Six militants and two soldiers were killed in the fighting, including a most wanted militant called Nanakar, the statement added.
Nanakar, who goes by one name, was wanted for several murders of local elders and tribesmen.
The troops also seized weapons, ammunition and devices through which militants were in communication with handlers across the border in Afghanistan, the military said.
Two local security officials in Miranshah, the main town of neighboring North Waziristan, confirmed the clash and casualties to AFP.
The US has repeatedly accused Pakistan of allowing the tribal areas to harbor militants fighting in Afghanistan — an allegation Islamabad has consistently denied.