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Indian troops in firefight with militants in Kashmir

From Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN
An Indian army soldier walks during a gunbattle between Indian troops and militants in Sopore on Tuesday.
An Indian army soldier walks during a gunbattle between Indian troops and militants in Sopore on Tuesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Indian army officer, two troopers killed, at least one militant killed
  • Daylong firefight took place in the northern Kashmir town of Sopore
  • Indian forces are in constant fights with militants seeking independence in the area
  • Firefight erupted after Indian troops surrounded houses said to contain militants
RELATED TOPICS
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Indian Administered Kashmir (CNN) -- An Indian army officer and two troopers were killed Tuesday as Indian security forces battled militants in a daylong firefight in the northern Kashmir town of Sopore.

Farooq Ahman, the inspector general of police for the Kashmir zone, said at least one militant was killed. He left open the possibility of more casualties. An Indian trooper was also wounded.

Kashmir is a mountainous area divided into regions administered by Pakistan and India. Indian forces are in constant fights with militants seeking independence for the area.

A senior police officer said the firefight erupted after Indian troops surrounded two houses in Sopore, about 34 miles (54 km) from Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, on a tip-off that heavily armed militants were holed up there.

Indian security forces blasted the houses, but a deputy inspector general of police, A.Q. Manhas, said they came under automatic gunfire from a third house.

Sopore is a picturesque town known for its apple orchards.