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10 May 2019 | 02:27 AM UTC

India: Security forces kill militant in Shopian (Kashmir) May 10

India News Alert

Security forces engage suspected militant during predawn raid in Kashmir’s Shopian district on May 10; associated protests possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/11/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

Event

Indian security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Ramnagri area of Shopian district (Jammu and Kashmir) on the morning (local time) of Friday, May 10. During the operation, at least one militant was killed after engaging the soldiers. According to police officials, arms and ammunition were recovered in the area; the identity of the militant is still being determined. Protests by local residents denouncing the killing are possible in the coming hours and days. 

Further security operations and fighting between armed groups and security forces is likely in the coming weeks and months.

Context

Separatists 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.

Advice

Individuals in Kashmir are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. 

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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