Indian army foils Kashmir infiltration bid: 3 dead
The Indian military yesterday said it had killed three suspected militants and foiled an attempt by rebels to enter Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed region.
The fresh violence came a day after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan agreed to work towards resuming their frozen peace dialogue when they met in Bhutan for their first direct talks in nine months.
"The army has foiled an attempt by militants to infiltrate into (Indian) Kashmir from across the Line of Control (LoC) by killing three militants," army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel J.S. Brar told AFP.
He said the clash took place early Friday in the northern sector of Machil.
The heavily militarised 760-kilometer (470 mile) LoC divides Kashmir between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, who both claim the whole territory and have fought two wars over it.
The army says militant attempts to cross the ceasefire line into Indian Kashmir increase in the summer as snow melts on mountain passes.
Islamabad denies New Delhi's charges of arming and funding the militants, and has pledged to do its best to stop insurgents from crossing over.
The insurgency launched against Indian rule in 1989 has claimed more than 47,000 lives by the official count.