The Indian army shot and killed a man and wounded another while firing at a group of protesters in the Indian-administered Kashmir region. Police on Friday accused the group of throwing rocks at soldiers, but residents said the army was shooting indiscriminately and only a few rocks were hurled - and none hit soldiers. The slain man, a tailor in his mid-20s, was hit by multiple bullets and died on the way to a hospital. The injured man was reported to be in a stable condition. Soldiers fired after some rocks hit iron shutters of shops that were closed owing to a general strike in Kashmir, witnesses said.
Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama district, where more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday, raising tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. A civilian and two alleged militants were also killed as Indian troops searched for suspects. Meanwhile Pakistan recalled its ambassador for consultations. India had already recalled its top diplomat from Pakistan in the wake of Thursday's attack - in which it said the Pakistani state was complicit.
Unidentified gunmen have fatally shot a pro-India politician along with his father and brother in Kashmir, police said, in a first significant attack against India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members in the disputed region. Gunmen fired at Sheikh Wasim Bari, a leader with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP party in northwestern Bandipora town on Wednesday night, police said in a statement. The statement said "during indiscriminate firing," Bari, his brother and father were injured but later died in hospital. Bari's brother and father also were BJP members. Police blamed rebels fighting against Indian rule in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region for the attack on Bari, who was an executive council member of the party in the region.
Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Four policemen and four paramilitary personnel were killed as rebels stormed into a police installation in the southern part of Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said. The attack began around 4 am on Saturday when a fidayeen squad of rebels breached the highly guarded district police lines in Pulwama, 35km from Kashmir's main city, Srinagar. Local villagers said that they were awoken early during dawn hours by an intense rattle of gunfire. "We were sleeping when we heard the gunshots and then there was sound of blasts, we thought it will end but it kept happening again and again," said Abdul Rashid, a resident of Pulwama town. "We have never heard such intensity of gunfire."