Indian forces kill two Islamic militants in Kashmir

 

Indian security forces said they repulsed a suicide attack on one of their camps today, killing two suspected Islamic militants.

The two militants attacked the camp's security guards with knives, wounding two before being gunned down, the BSF official said.

The militant with Dutch passport has been identified as El Bakipuli Ahmad, he said.

More than a dozen Islamic separatist groups have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with mostly Muslim Pakistan.

The 12-year insurgency in India's only Muslim majority state has killed at least 30,000 people, according to government estimates. Human rights groups say the number is twice that.

India accuses neighbor Pakistan of training, funding and arming the militants, but Pakistan says it only supports their cause. Islamabad describes them as freedom fighters, but says it has no control over them in Kashmir.

A cease-fire line divides the Himalayan territory between India and Pakistan, who have fought two wars over control of Kashmir since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.