Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:17PM
Indian soldiers stand guard near the site of a gunfight in central Kashmir, January 24, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Indian soldiers stand guard near the site of a gunfight in central Kashmir, January 24, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Indian soldiers have engaged in a fresh round of gun battle in Kashmir, killing three people.

Police Superintendent Imtiyaz Ismael said on Tuesday that two separate gunfights erupted earlier in the day, one of them near India's de facto border with Pakistan. One person was killed there.

He said another incident happened in Hadoora, some 25 kilometers north of the main city of Srinagar, adding that police's special operations group surrounded the area after receiving tip-offs about suspects inside a house in the village.

"In the ensuing gunfight two militants were killed,” said Ismael, using a reference to people infiltrating the area from Pakistan-administered Kashmir. He added that both victims were foreigners.

The Indian army also issued a statement about clashes that erupted in Sundabani near the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. It said the gunfight erupted after Indian soldiers intercepted a group of people who were attempting to cross the disputed border.

India claims it has been fighting armed groups loyal to Pakistan over the past decades in Kashmir, a Himalayan region where people have been seeking independence or a merger with Pakistan. The fighting has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, most of them civilians.

The death of a popular fighter in July 2016, which was blamed on Indian government forces, sparked months of anti-India unrest in the territory. More than 90 civilians were killed in the crackdown. Sporadic clashes have continued since then.