Security forces killed three militants - including two Hizbul Mujahideen fighters and one Jaish-e-Mohammed fighter - in an operation in Tral tehsil (Pulwama district, Kashmir) on Thursday, January 3. At least one soldier was wounded in the clash. Similar security operations targeting suspected militants are possible in the area over the coming weeks.
Insurgents have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Some 70,000 people have died and many more have been injured in related violence, uprisings, and military crackdowns. Recently, the Indian government has conducted several security operations in the region amid rising tensions and sporadic violence.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. As a reminder, some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.
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