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31 May 2019 | 02:50 AM UTC

India: Security forces engage militants in Kashmir May 31 /update 3

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Indian security forces engage suspected militants in Shopian district (Jammu and Kashmir state) on May 31; operations ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/2/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Suspected militants engaged Indian security forces conducting a cordon-and-search operation in Jammu and Kashmir state on the morning (local time) of Friday, May 31. Gunfire was reported in the Dragad Sugan area of Shopian district and additional soldiers have deployed into the area as of 08:10. The operation is ongoing and details are still emerging. Mobile internet service disruptions are likely in the area, as well as other disruptions such as checkpoints and roadblocks. Associated protests are also possible in the coming hours and days.


Security forces conducts operations in the Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, May 30. Large protests broke out on Wednesday, May 29, in Shopian and Kulgam districts in response to a security operation in the area, resulting in at least one death and around 100 other people wounded.

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. Indian security personnel have been conducting frequent security operations and have clashed with suspected militants in recent days. These security operations often involve door-to-door searches and can result in the destruction of homes in Kashmiri villages.


Individuals in Kashmir are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, anticipate telecommunication and transportation disruptions, 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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