Army mounts ops in Kashmir, 10 militants killed in 24 hours

Six terrorists were killed on Saturday by the Indian Army in the Rampur sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district as yet another infiltration bid was thwarted, PTI reported.

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The Army today said its relentless operations to thwart attempts by Pakistan to boost terror activities in Kashmir have borne fruit, resulting to the deaths of ten militants since yesterday. "After the melting of snow on the LoC in summer, the militants try to make most of the hard terrain by sneaking in the Kashmir valley".

Troops noticed suspicious movement along the Line of Control in Rampur sector in the early hours, an Army official said.

Pakistan has condemned the killing of Kashmiri youths and use of "brutal force" against protesters by the Indian army in disputed Kashmir, and urged the worldwide community, especially the United Nations to work to stop India from "ruthless killing of defenseless Kashmiris".

Bhat, head of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group, was killed in a gunfight with government forces in Tral area, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Srinagar.

There was no independent confirmation of the latest incidents.

Several armed rebel groups are fighting against Indian rule, with tens of thousands of people, a lot of them civilians, killed in the almost three decades-old conflict.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep among the region's mostly Muslim population and most people support the freedom fighters' cause against Indian rule despite a decades-long military crackdown.

Both countries claim the territory in its entirety. India has accused Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies.

In recent months, the use of pellet guns by Indian forces in Kashmir has drawn widespread criticism as the weapons have caused permanent disabilities among victims.

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