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Kashmir gunbattle enters second day

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Srinagar, India, Jan 7, IRNA -- Red Square, the nerve centre of Kashmir capital, witnessed heavy exchange of firing during the morning hours today as the stand off between Indian security forces and the two militants besieged in a hotel building entered into second day.

Police officials said police commandoes in full battle gear were preparing to storm the hotel building.

At the day break, paramilitary troopers started firing at the building. The two militants have kept hundreds of security personnel awake through the night by firing on them intermittently.

Reportedly, at least three people have been killed 20 others injured during the firing.

Authorities had a tough time on Wednesday while they continued their efforts to evacuate the wounded and trapped people in the congested area, they said. "The final assault on the hotel building will be launched any time," they added.

There had been numerous such attacks at the square in the 20-year-long anti-India armed uprising. However this is the first in the past two years. The attack has come at a time when demands for reduction of Indian troops in Kashmir was gaining ground.There are estimated seven hundred thousand Indian troops stationed in Kashmir making it one of the heavily militarized populated zones in the world.

According to official estimates there are around 500 militants active in Kashmir.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 882999



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