Two Indian border guards, one fighter killed in Kashmir

Clashes have broken out between Indian troops and militants in Kashmir, leaving two border guards and a fighter dead.

The Indian army confirmed on Monday that three persons were killed in a gunbattle near the de facto borderline known as the Line of Control.

India often blames Pakistan for “rebel” attacks in the region, accusing Islamabad of giving arms to pro-independence fighters and sending them across the borderline to launch attacks on Indian forces.

India has an estimated 500,000 soldiers deployed in the restive territory.

Large parts of the territory, including Srinagar which is the largest city and the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, have been under a strict military curfew for the past month.

The region has been the scene of widespread anti-India protests, triggered by the killing of a popular pro-independence leader. Several deadly protests have followed since, with over 50 people killed and nearly 4,000 injured in the protests.

Indian forces patrol near the grand mosque Jamia Masjid during curfew in Srinagar on August 7, 2016.(AFP Photo)

Tens of thousands of people have died in Kashmir since the late 80s when the armed rebellion against the Indian rule over the Himalayan territory began.

Since India and Pakistan won independence from British rule in 1947, the rivaling neighbors have both been claiming the region in full but have partial control over it.

India controls two-thirds of Kashmir while the remaining one-third is under the Pakistani rule.

By Press TV