Gun battle along LOC kills four Indian soldiers, three militants

Four Indian army soldiers and three militants were killed in Kashmir, an Indian defence ministry spokesperson said, in the bloodiest gun battle in the disputed region since April.

An army patrol noticed suspicious movement along the Line of Control (LOC), the de facto border between India and Pakistan, in the early hours of Sunday, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

“Army troops were rushed to the area and militant movement was tracked by surveillance devices. A heavy gun battle followed in which three militants were killed,” he said.

Four army soldiers were killed in the gun battle, he said.

This is the highest number of army casualties along the LOC in Kashmir since April.

Five Indian troops and an equal number of rebels were killed in April when armed individuals were confronted by Indian troops in the area.

With inputs from Al-Jazeera

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