Commander of Kashmir’s Largest Rebel Group Killed by Indian Soldiers

Several Houses were Destroyed in the 12-Hour Gun Battle

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A rebel commander has been killed by the Indian soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir, the paramilitary spokesman said on Tuesday.

The killing of Junaid Ashraf Sehrai triggered anti-India protests and clashes in the disputed region. Scores of counterinsurgency police and soldiers cordoned off a neighborhood believed to have been the hiding place of the rebels.

The 12-hour gun battle left at least five homes completely destroyed while nearly ten other buildings were damaged.

Although clashes in the disputed region are common, the incident marked the first gun battle in the city in two years.

Ashraf Sehrai was the commander of Kashmir’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen. He was the son of senior separatist leader Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai.