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Indian army admits mistake in killing 2 boys in Kashmir

Iran Press TV

Sat Nov 8, 2014 10:12AM GMT

The Indian army has admitted that its troops made a mistake in a recent shooting that killed two teenagers in Indian-administered Kashmir.

'We take responsibility for the death of the two boys in Kashmir,' the chief of the army's northern command, Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, said in a televised press conference on Friday.

The comments came after army soldiers opened fire on a car on the outskirts of the state capital of Srinagar on November 3, killing two youngsters and critically wounding another.

'We admit a mistake was made... there was some information about a white car with terrorists. Obviously, the identity was mistaken in this case,' Hooda added.

The army will launch an investigation into the deaths with 'the highest standard of transparency,' he said.

On Thursday, human rights groups called for the abrogation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which sanctions the Indian army to employ excessive and unbridled force in the disputed region of Kashmir.

The act also allows the Indian forces to kill, arrest or destroy property on mere suspicion.

Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 66 years of animosity between India and Pakistan. Both neighbors claim the region in full but each has partial control over it.

Over the past 25 years, people in Kashmir have been engaged in pro-independence battles with the Indian government. New Delhi's crackdown on the protests has left tens of thousands dead in the Muslim-dominated region.

DB/BB/HRBSat Nov 8, 2014 11:13AM GMT

The United States and its Arab allies have launched new air raids against ISIL positions in Syria, with at least one airstrike hitting an oil field controlled by the militants.

The fighter jets struck the terrorists' positions in the north and east of Syria on Friday night, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

The airstrikes were reportedly conducted in response to the militants' shelling of a camp where displaced people from the Syrian town of Kobani are currently residing.

'Four explosions were heard during the night in Deir Ezzor province (eastern Syria), caused by US-Arab airstrikes in the area of the Tanak oil field and an IS checkpoint,' said the said the monitoring group, which relies on its sources in Syria.

Since late September, the US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

Some analysts have criticized the aerial military campaign in Syria, saying the strikes are meant to destroy the Arab country's infrastructure.

Alan Sabrosky, a US Marine Corps veteran, has said that the United States' airstrikes in Syria often target militants with "no military value" and actually aim at the country's infrastructure.

"What I can see happening is that the targets they're selecting are those that have, in many cases, no military value at all to ISIS or any other rebel group but really are intended to break whatever infrastructure the Syrian government will have when the fighting is over," Sabrosky told Press TV on September 30.

He added Washington intends to inflict "such damage to the economic and industrial infrastructure within Syria that any Syrian government after the fighting will be so weakened that it will be vulnerable to further attacks."

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