Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tensions Rise in Kashmir as 7 Killed in Gunfight

Tensions Rise in Kashmir as 7 Killed in Gunfight

Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. The exchange occurred late Sunday night after security forces surrounded Pinglena village following a tip-off that militants were hiding in the area. Therefore, the death toll rate of Indian army jawans reached to 45 within the five days of Pulwama attack.

The police identified two of the three deceased militants as Kamran and Hilal.

More than 80,000 people have come forward since February 14 to contribute over Rs 20 crore to "Bharat Ke Veer", the contribution platform for the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack, government said on Monday. Two terrorists have been cornered by the security forces. As troops began conducting searches they came under heavy gunfire, leading to fatalities, police said.

"They kill 41, we should kill 82", says Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, News18 has reported.

The total number of rebels killed so far this year stands at 31, while 49 security forces died in the same period. As the forces were zeroing in and firing warning shots, the militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight in which four servicemen including an army major were killed, a police official told the local media.

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Indian media and politicians have since been blaming Pakistan for the attack without any evidence.

The encounter site is 2-4 kilometers away from the location where 40 CRPF personnel were killed after a suicide bomber affiliated to Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) targeted a convoy of the security forces with a vehicle bomb on Thursday.

The deadly attack took place on a highway in Pulwama, which connects the disputed territory's main city of Srinagar with its southern parts.

The kingdom said it wanted to de-escalate tensions between the nations, which had spread beyond harsh diplomatic exchanges to threats against Kashmiri Muslims living elsewhere in India and calls for cricketing boycotts.

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