Authorities in Indian Kashmir say government forces killed two suspected Islamic militants during a clash north of Srinagar.
An army spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Vijay Batra, said the fighting broke out early Wednesday after troops closed in on a house in which the rebels were hiding.
The latest violence comes a day before the return of a group of moderate Kashmiri separatist politicians from a historic trip to Pakistan.
During their two-week stay, the politicians from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organization of several Kashmiri separatist groups, urged India and Pakistan to include them in the 18-month old peace process aimed at resolving the Kashmir dispute.
Militant groups who have been fighting for Kashmir's merger with Pakistan since 1989 oppose the ongoing peace process. The insurgency has claimed tens of thousand of lives.