- Kashmir: India-Pakistan Tensions Flare as More Soldiers Are Killed in Gun Battle
by https://news.sky.com/, 18 Feb 2019
Security officials say the latest fighting broke out after Indian troops surrounded a village and searched for militants.
Tensions in the disputed Kashmir region have escalated further after four Indian soldiers, three suspected militants, a police official and a civilian were killed during a gun battle. The nine deaths come after a local Kashmiri militant rammed a van fitted with explosives into a paramilitary bus on Thursday, killing at least 40 soldiers.
The suicide bombing was the worst attack against Indian government forces in Kashmir’s history. Security officials said the latest fighting broke out after government forces surrounded a village in the region of southern Pulwama, following a tip-off that militants were hiding out there.
Monday’s violence saw a senior police officer, an army officer and another three soldiers wounded. Police said troops had come under heavy gunfire as they started conducting searches. Residents reported troops destroying one house with explosives during the stand-off.