Five suspected rebels and an army soldier were killed Friday in a gunfight in Indian-controlled Kashmir which triggered anti-India protests and clashes between government forces and local residents, officials said.
The gunfight erupted shortly after scores of counterinsurgency police and soldiers launched an operation based on a tip that militants were present in a village in southern Pulwama district late Thursday, police said.
Police said five militants were killed in Friday’s firefight, and an Indian soldier wounded overnight died in a military hospital. Inspector-General Vijay Kumar called the operation a “big success.”
As the fighting raged, anti-India protests broke out in the neighborhood in solidarity with the rebels. Police fired tear gas and shotgun pellets to stop scores of stone-throwing young men from marching in the area.