Gunfire and explosions rock site of standoff between Indian soldiers and rebels

SRINAGAR, India - Loud explosions and gunfire rattled a building where a few Kashmiri rebels were fighting off Indian government forces for a third day Monday in a standoff in which five soldiers and one civilian have been killed.

See Full Article

Two to three rebels have been cornered in a small area of the five-story government building, paramilitary officer Nalin Prabhat said.

The militants took refuge there after they fired automatic rifles and ambushed a convoy of paramilitary soldiers Saturday. The rebels allowed more than 100 civilian government employees to leave the building without any harm.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in India's portion of Kashmir, where rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for either independence or a merger with neighbouring Pakistan. More than 68,000 people have been killed in the armed uprising and ensuing Indian military crackdown.

Two army captains and a special forces soldier were killed Sunday after two paramilitary soldiers and one civilian were killed Saturday. Another 13 paramilitary troops have been wounded in the standoff.

"Our main purpose is to make sure that we don't have any more casualties," Lt. Gen. Satish Kumar Dua, India's top army officer in Kashmir, said on Monday.

"There's no hurry. We will take as long as it takes," Dua said, adding that special forces have to clear the five-story building room by room.

As an intense gunbattle raged between security forces and the insurgents, a portion of the building caught fire on Sunday, but the blaze subsided after some time.

The army also flew a drone to monitor the rebel positions.

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents in the Pampore area, where the militants are holed up, came out on the streets for a second day Monday in a show of support for the rebels, chanting slogans against Indian rule in Kashmir. They ignored government orders to stay away from the site of the gunbattle.

India and Pakistan each administer a portion of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan region in its entirety. The rival nations have fought three wars, two of them over control of Kashmir, since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Air Canada Express plane returns to Saskatoon due to flames near tail pipe

    Canada News CTV News
    SASKATOON - An Air Canada Express plane had to return to Saskatoon shortly after takeoff when flames were reported to be coming from it. Airline spokesperson Teri Udle says in an email that Flight 8585, a Dash 8 Q400 operated by Jazz, was on its way to Calgary on Saturday when flames were noticed near the left tail pipe. Source
  • Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

    World News CTV News
    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- U.S. President Donald Trump has made a grim trip to a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders. But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did Trump address the debate over gun violence that has raged since a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 and injured 14 others. Source
  • 'The pilot called mayday': Tailpipe flames force plane to return to Saskatoon airport

    Canada News CBC News
    A fire on an Air Canada Express plane forced an emergency landing at the Saskatoon airport on Saturday. Teri Udle of Jazz Aviation said in a statement that shortly after takeoff from Saskatoon at about 11:20 a.m. Source
  • Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM -- Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism Saturday for equating the Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust to its supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity in the Nazi-led genocide. Source
  • Joe Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Source
  • Angry students protest gun control after Florida school shooting

    World News CTV News
    PARKLAND, Fla. -- Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. Source
  • Vancouver artist's cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver illustrator says she's overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting the victim of the recent school shooting in Florida. Pia Guerra's "Hero's Welcome" shows a young girl leading football coach Aaron Feis by the hand to meet a crowd of other people killed in school shootings. Source
  • UKIP leader sacked over fallout from girlfriend's racist Markle texts

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- The troubled U.K. Independence Party ousted its leader Saturday after a scandal over racist text messages sent by his girlfriend, leaving the future of the right-wing party that played a key role in Brexit once more uncertain. Source
  • Adding Indigenous name to controversial PEI site an 'insult': Mi'kmaq leader

    Canada News CTV News
    CHARLOTTETOWN -- A member of the Mi'kmaq Nation traditional government says adding an Indigenous name to a Prince Edward Island historic site that bears the name of a controversial British general is a "grave insult" to his people. Source
  • Manitoba mother speaks out after she was sent video of daughter’s beating

    Canada News CTV News
    Police are investigating an assault on a 10-year-old girl on a Manitoba First Nation after video of the attack was sent to her mother. Amber Hardisty said the video, sent by a friend of her daughter Nevaeh, showed the child being punched, pushed and kicked. Source