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Gunfight breaks out in Indian-controlled Kashmir

13 Jul 2020, 14:30 GMT+10

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, July 13 (Xinhua) -- A gunfight between militants and government forces broke out Monday morning in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The gunfight erupted at Srigufwara village of Anantnag district, about 56 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"A gunfight started between militants and joint contingents of police, paramilitary and army this morning in Srigufwara," a police spokesman said. "The stand-off between the two sides is underway."

Fearing clashes and protests, immediately after the gunfight mobile internet service was snapped in Anantnag district.

Officials said the area was cordoned off early Monday following specific intelligence information suggesting the presence of militants.

A local resident said he heard the sound of heavy gunfire in the village.

Police suspect the presence of two to three militants in the area.

This is the second gunfight in the region in less than 24 hours.

Last night three militants were killed in a gunfight in region's Sopore of Baramulla district.

Gunfights between militants and government forces take place intermittently in the region.

Militant groups opposing New Delhi's rule are engaged in a guerilla war with Indian troops in the region since 1989.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

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