Suspected militants have killed five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in a gun battle in Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir state) on Wednesday, June 12. Gunfire was still ongoing in the city as of Wednesday evening (local time) and the affected area has been cordoned off.
Continued fighting and a heavy security presence are to be expected in the area over the coming hours. Consequent traffic disruptions are to be anticipated as the clashes continue.
Security forces have conducted numerous raids in Jammu and Kashmir state in recent weeks targeting alleged members of separatists and jihadist militant groups. Large protests in the region have also resulted in several deaths, injuries, and arrests.
Separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Around 70,000 people have been killed and many more 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 weeks.
Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, anticipate 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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