Three rebels killed in Kashmir clashes

Indian security forces have shot dead three resistance fighters in two Indian Kashmir districts bordering the Pakistan-administered zone.

    Indian soldiers come under daily attack in Kashmir

    Police said t

    wo of the rebels were killed in Gagrian village in southern

    Poonch district late on Sunday.

    A civilian was injured in the fighting that erupted when

    security forces closed in on a hideout.

    Another rebel was killed in the northwestern district of Kupwara

    overnight during an encounter with the Indian army, police said,

    adding the slain man was a Pakistani.

    Disputed region

    Indian troops have in recent weeks stepped up anti-separatist

    operations across the disputed region but have themselves suffered heavy casualties.

    Kashmir is claimed by both India and Pakistan, while many people in the region itself would like independence.

    More than 39,500 people have died in the unrest, according to

    official figures.

    However, separatists put the toll at between 80,000 and 100,000.

    SOURCE: AFP


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