Indian troops killed at least three Kashmiri suspected rebels in a gun battle in the disputed Himalayan region, officials said, slayings which led to another round of protests.
The fighting began after government forces raided a cluster of homes on a tip that rebels were hiding in northwestern Sopore area, said police Inspector-General Muneer Ahmed Khan.
Rebel groups in the "Indian-administered" region have waged a almost three-decade insurgency seeking either independence or a merger with Pakistan that has killed tens of thousands of people, reports VOA.
Three AK-74 rifles and magazines were recovered from the site.
Saturday's clash comes a day after a local armed militant and a civilian were killed by soldiers during a shootout in Bijbehara area in the south of the restive territory where such clashes have become frequent since the start of the year.
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She added that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had been briefed on the situation and had spoken with U.S. The crash occurred off the coast of the northeastern state of Queensland.
In an escalating confrontation in the last seven days, at least 10 rebels and four civilians have died in five gunbattles and subsequent anti-India clashes.
Two Indian army soldiers were also killed in a rebel ambush.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. The anti-India protests and clashes have persisted despite the Indian army chief warning recently that "tough action" would be taken against stone throwers during counterinsurgency operations.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in India-held Kashmir's mostly Muslim population and most people support the separatists' cause against Indian rule. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.
Rebel groups have largely been suppressed by Indian forces in recent years and public opposition to Indian rule is now principally expressed through street protests.
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