Civilian, eight militants killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Reports said the three houses in the locality were completely damaged.

Bhat had replaced Zakir Musa as the Hizbul commander after the latter quit from the terror outfit for opposite stands on Hurriyat leaders.

According to police sources, terrorists reportedly opened fire at a patrol party of the 42 Rashtriya Rifles at Saimu village. The Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Pakistani, Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz, in a statement, said Kashmiris were killed extra-judicially as had been done on numerous occasions in the recent past.

Earlier Saturday, Indian soldiers killed six suspected rebels along the highly militarized de-facto border that divides the region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the army said.

Sabzar, 28, was killed in a four-hour-long gunfight in a village in Tral sub-division of Pulwama district. "The situation is far from normal in Jammu and Kashmir and we can not continue to live in denial".

The government in India's Jammu and Kashmir state declared a curfew Sunday across most of Srinagar, the state's summer capital, and reimposed a ban on mobile internet service in an attempt to keep protesters from organizing. Indian police and troops used brute force to disperse the demonstrators, triggering clashes between the protesters and the forces' personnel. "How many more Kashmiris would India kill so mercilessly?"

A separatist movement and guerilla war challenging New Delhi's rule is going on in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. Hundreds were blinded or maimed by the firing of government forces.

Many Indian politicians praised the move, saying the unruly mobs in Kashmir needed to be taught a lesson.

"I don't blame the young officer, who had to make a decision at a very critical moment", Kumar said. "The loss of precious human lives, including of the security forces, should be unacceptable to all peace loving people and should be ended at the soonest", he said.

  • Leroy Wright