Counter-Jihad activities by Indian troops. Jammu-Kashmir Jihad Update from AFP, with thanks to Twostellas:
Indian troops shot dead five suspected Kashmiri militants, two of them near a mosque in Indian Kashmir where they had holed up after a raid by government troops, officials said yesterday.
The two rebels had fled to the mosque after soldiers raided their hideout in northern Bandipora town late Sunday, sparking a gunbattle in which a soldier was killed and two others were injured.
Skirmishes continued through the night, during which the militants had left the mosque and taken up positions in an adjoining house, said R.K. Bhargva, deputy inspector general of the paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF).
Several houses were damaged during the fighting in which both sides also used grenades.
“The fighting has stopped and we have recovered two bodies from one of the damaged houses,” Bhargva said, adding both were militants.
Bandipora is part of Baramulla district bordering the Pakistani zone of divided Kashmir.