Sunday 22 July 2018

Indian police officer shot dead as militant escapes from custody

The gunmen fled with the insurgent after the attack at a hospital in Srinagar, in India-controlled Kashmir.

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India Kashmir Militant Escape

By Associated Press Reporters

Attackers fired at Indian police officers and freed a Pakistani militant they were taking to a hospital for a check-up  in the Indian part of Kashmir, police said.

Police spokesman Ghulam Hasan Bhatt said two officers suffered bullet injuries and one of them later died in Srinagar, the main city in India-controlled Kashmir.

The gunmen escaped with the insurgent.

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India Kashmir Militant Escape

The rebel, a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, was arrested by police in 2015.

Several militant groups have been fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with neighbouring Pakistan since 1989.

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Around 70,000 people have been killed in the armed uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep among Kashmir’s mostly Muslim population, with most people supporting the rebels’ cause.

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