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The 5 had been killed in two separate operations within the Kulgam district on Wednesday.

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – 5 suspected rebels have been killed by Indian forces within the southern district Indian-administered Kashmir, a day after a gunfight within the area triggered protests following the allegations of civilians getting used as “human shields” by Indian armed forces.

The 5 had been killed in two separate operations within the Kulgam district on Wednesday.

Police officers stated that after a tip-off concerning the presence of rebels within the Pombay and Gopalpora villages in south Kashmir, a cordon was laid by the armed forces ensuing right into a gun battle.

Officers stated two rebels had been killed in Gopalpora village. A kind of slain was recognized as Afaq Sikander, the commander of newly surfaced The Resistance Group (TRF), an armed group that officers have stated is behind the current spate of focused killings of migrants and Hindus within the area.

In a separate gun battle in Pombay village, officers stated that three rebels had been killed.

Indian paramilitary troopers exterior a market in Srinagar, Indian managed Kashmir [Mukhtar Khan/AP Photo]

Tensions have been excessive in Indian-administered Kashmir since Monday, when officers claimed that two suspected rebels had been killed in Hyderpora locality within the area’s essential metropolis of Srinagar.

Two civilians had been additionally killed within the “crossfire”, police stated.

Witnesses and households of these killed have disputed police claims. Not less than two households alleged that these killed had been used as “human shields” by the Indian forces.

The households have launched an indefinite sit-in within the metropolis centre, braving the freezing climate to demand the return of the civilians’ our bodies.

All 4 killed within the Hyderpora incident had been buried in an undisclosed graveyard within the frontier Kupwara district in north Kashmir.

Kashmir is split between India and Pakistan, with each side claiming the area in its entirety however governing components of the area.

An armed riot in opposition to New Delhi’s rule on the Indian facet started in 1989, with rebels demanding both the area’s merger with Pakistan or independence.

The battle intensified after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities scrapped the area’s restricted autonomy in August 2019 and break up it into two federally run territories whereas additionally imposing a crippling lockdown.

Kinfolk of slain civilian Mudasir Ahmed demand with others justice and the return of Ahmed’s and one other civilian’s our bodies throughout an indication in Srinagar on November 17, 2021 [Tauseef Mustafa/AFP]

The lockdown was adopted by a crackdown on tons of of Kashmiri leaders, activists, legal professionals and youths who had been detained and imprisoned.

The current enhance in violence got here amid a collection of civilian killings by suspected rebels the place the targets have principally been native Hindus and migrant staff.

Since final month, at the very least  54 folks, together with 15 civilians, 29 suspected rebels and 10 troopers, have been killed within the area.

The authorities have deployed 5,500 extra paramilitary troopers within the area to strengthen the safety.

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