Nine militants, three soldiers killed in clashes in Indian Kashmir Apr 06, 2020 0 380 12345 DPASrinagar, KashmirNine militants and three soldiers were killed in two separate gun battles in restive India-administered Kashmir, Indian defence officials said on Sunday.Indian forces killed five insurgents after they infiltrated the Line of Control (LoC), a de facto border, that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.Three soldiers were also killed in the battle, which took place in the Keran sector of northern Kashmir, he added.This was the second battle in the troubled region in the past 24 hours. On Saturday night, four militants were killed in another clash with security forces in the Kulgam town.The clashes come amid a nationwide lockdown in India designed to check the spread of the new coronavirus.Indian state police said that, while medical workers and doctors were fighting the coronavirus, Indian security forces were fighting the “terror virus from Pakistan.” India accuses Pakistan of aiding the militants and helping them cross the border to carry out attacks in India-administered Kashmir.Islamabad denies the charges and describes the militants as freedom fighters. The nuclear-armed neighbours both claim the divided Kashmir region in its entirety and have fought two wars over it.The police identified the slain militants as members of Pakistan-based Islamist militant groups, the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Hizbul Mujahideen, who, they said, were responsible for “half a dozen senseless killings of civilians over last few weeks.” More than 45,000 people - civilians, security personnel and militants - have been killed since a secessionist militant movement broke out in India-administered Kashmir in the 1980s. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES 20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search Apr 06, 2020 0 350 China sends experts as Manila mulls extending coronavirus lockdown Apr 06, 2020 0 349 Sydney coronavirus cruise ship fiasco prompts criminal investigation Apr 06, 2020 0 116 Fishing boat takes 202 Rohingya migrants to Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Sunday detained 202 suspected Rohingya Muslims who arrived illegally by boat, a top official said, raising fears that people smugglers are back in action despite the coronavirus pandemic. .. Indonesia orders citizens to wear face masks as virus cases soar Jakarta Indonesian citizens are now required to wear face masks when they are outside, the government announced on Sunday, as the number of Covid-19 cases rose to 2,273. The order to wear a face mask is in accordance with .. Taliban accuses US and its allies of violating agreement DPA Kabul The Taliban militant group on Sunday accused the United States and its allies of violating an agreement signed over a month ago in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The US military in Afghanistan rejected the .. Tokyo records 143 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours Tokyo Tokyo recorded 143 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, taking the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, to over 1,000. Sunday’s figure marks .. Singapore quarantines migrant workers in virus fight AFP Singapore Singapore has put nearly 20,000 migrant workers under quarantine for two weeks after a growing number of coronavirus infections were detected in their dormitories, authorities said on Sunday. The .. New Zealand coronavirus cases rise above 1000; only one death Sydney The number of novel coronavirus cases in New Zealand has reached over 1,000, health officials announced Sunday. As of Sunday morning there were 1,039 cases in the country, up 89 from the previous day, while still .. Up to 130 officers from Hong Kong anti-riot squad to be quarantined Hong Kong Up to 130 police from Hong Kong’s elite tactical squad will be quarantined for 14 days after a second officer from the unit tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local media reported on Sunday. All male ..