Indian police say 4 suspected insurgents killed in Kashmir

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir said government forces killed four suspected militants in a shootout Wednesday.

A senior police officer, Mukesh Singh, said troops stopped a truck early on Wednesday on the outskirts of Jammu city because it was “moving abnormally” on a highway.

Singh told reporters that as troops began searching the truck, shots were fired from inside and the troops retaliated, sparking a shootout.

Four suspected militants were killed and authorities recovered at least eight automatic rifles and some ammunition from the truck, police said.

The truck driver fled and officers are searching for him, according to police.

There was no independent confirmation of the alleged shootout.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, both of which have sovereignty over the entire disputed territory.

Insurgents in Indian-controlled Kashmir have been fighting New Delhi’s rule since 1989. Most Muslim Kashmiris support the rebels’ goal of unifying the territory, either under Pakistani rule or as an independent state.

India insists Kashmiri militants are Pakistan-backed terrorism. Pakistan denies the charge, which most Kashmiris see as a legitimate freedom struggle. Tens of thousands of civilians, rebels and government troops were killed in the conflict.

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