Two masterminds of Kashmir bombing killed in clash

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Indian security forces on Monday killed two suspected organisers of a suicide bombing in the disputed region of Kashmir that has fueled tension between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, Police said, with four Soldiers also killed in the clash.

The suicide bomb attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir last Thursday killed at least 40 men, the deadliest single attack on Indian forces in 30 years of insurgency in the Muslim-majority region.

The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. India accuses Pakistan for harbouring the group. Pakistan denies that.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing an election that must be held by May, is under domestic pressure for decisive action against Pakistan.

Modi has promised a strong response and says he has given the military a free hand to tackle cross-border militancy