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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Civilians Die in Gunfire

At least 15 people, mostly unarmed civilians, were killed Thursday when a gunfight erupted between Indian troops and Moslem militants in the Kashmiri town of Kupwara, police said.

A journalist speaking by telephone from the town put the death toll at 25. No other confirmation was available.

Kashmir police chief Mahendra Sabharwal said Moslem separatists launched a rifle attack on soldiers clearing snow from a road. The troops returned fire and heavy shooting continued until army reinforcements cordoned off the town.